Introducing Miss Universe 

When:
Tue 24 Sep 2013,  6pm–7.30pm
Where:
Soundings Theatre, Level 2
Cost:
Friends of Te Papa/Students: $15.00, guests $20.00 (includes a glass of bubbly)
Type:
Talk; Special; Friends 

New Zealand’s most famous beauty queen reflects on winning the crown 30 years ago in this illustrated talk celebrating Te Papa’s new Miss Universe: Lorraine Downes exhibition. 

Evening Gown, Miss Universe 1983, McGowan, Dawn, Television New Zealand, Auckland. Gift of Lorraine Downes, 2012. Te Papa
Evening Gown, Miss Universe 1983, McGowan, Dawn, Television New Zealand, Auckland. Gift of Lorraine Downes, 2012. Te Papa

Go behind the scenes of the Miss Universe pageant with Lorraine, see the outfit she wore when she was crowned, and hear her perspective on the pressures on women to be perfect in today’s world – the topic that formed the basis of her book Real: The Truth about Fashion, Beauty and Image, written with Frances Jones (1998). 

Your ticket includes a complimentary glass of bubbly.  

About the exhibition 

Thirty years ago, Lorraine Downes – a 19-year-old model with a winning smile and mass of blonde hair – made history. She became the first (and only) Miss New Zealand to be crowned the ‘most beautiful woman in the universe’.
Seethe ball gown, crown, trophy, and sash Lorraine generously gifted to Te Papa in 2011in this special exhibition.

Miss Universe: Lorraine Downes is one of a trio of Te Papa exhibitions exploring pageantry and spectacle.

The WOW Factor exhibition

Mollie Rodie: Carnival queen exhibition

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This is a Friends of Te Papa event. Members of the public are also welcome to attend.

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