Our Miss Universe Lorraine Downes 

When:
24 Aug 2013 – 14 April 2014
Where:
Eyelights, Level 4
Cost:
Free entry
Type:
People and history 

Dawn McGowan, Miss Universe evening gown, 1983, silk,nylon, lurex, polyester. Gift of Lorraine Downes, 2012. Te Papa
Dawn McGowan, Miss Universe evening gown, 1983, silk,nylon, lurex, polyester. Gift of Lorraine Downes, 2012. Te Papa

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’.

See her iconic ball gown, crown, trophy, and sash in this special showcase. Watch historical footage of the win and a recent interview with Lorraine, who has generously gifted her outfit to Te Papa.