How much did Zozibini Tunzi’s Xhosa heritage gown price?

Former Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi wore a customized beaded modern Xhosa heritage gown for the Miss Universe pageant this year as she handed down the crown to Miss Mexico Andrea Meza on 16 May at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.

Zozibini Tunzi’s dress: Weighing in at 6.6kg…

Tunzi needed her closing moments because the longest reigning Miss Universe to honour her Xhosa roots in a recent means. 

Her breathtaking outfit was a collaboration between herself, stylist Warner Wessels and designer Bridgit Gibbs, professionally often called Biji. She wore a customized beaded Xhosa heritage gown with an phantasm mesh base weighing in 6.6kg. 

The gown was paired with a black Xhosa headdress that’s fashionable for finishing a conventional Xhosa girls’s attire known as Umbhaco. The head wrap worn by the mannequin is of sentimental worth because it had been given to her by her mom.

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Sky-high stilettos and price ticket

The gown took about 800 hours to make and is priced between R90 000 to R100 000 based on W24. The dress was impressed by a gown Biji made for Thulisa Keyi to put on when she represented South African on the Miss World stage in 2018.


Like many different companies, Biji la Maison de Couture was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and needed to lay off workers. This resulted in Biji having to rope in household and mates to assist her put Tunzi’s dress collectively. 

“They said ‘show us what to do’, so I trained them and they did 90% of the beading. It really was a family effort. If it wasn’t for them this dress might not have come together,” mentioned Biji, based on TimesLive

Biji labored remotely with out fittings however this did not pose an issue as she had additionally designed Tunzi’s 2019 Miss Universe “sunrise” gown and knew the wonder’s physique. 

And then there was Zozibini’s ‘sunrise gown’

“I had never in my life invested as much time and effort into a garment as I did while making Tunzi’s 2019 crowning gown,” says Biji. 

The dawn gown is value R208 000 and took greater than 1 400 hours and 132 000 beads to create, reported W24. Adding within the “Power of Unity” crown with greater than 1 700 diamonds, her successful look was value near R70.6m, based on TimesLive.

#BespokeByBiji exhibition 

Biji has an exhibition of robes she created for celebrities over time on show on the Diamond Walk in Sandton City, Johannesburg. This options Tunzi’s Miss Universe 2019 gown, in addition to Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray’s, that of Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss and different celebrities corresponding to Boity Thulo, Bonang Mathebe and Ayanda Thabethe.

The designer hopes so as to add Tunzi’s latest Miss Universe gown to the exhibition if arrives again from the United States (US) earlier than the exhibition ends on 6 June. 

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