Our Miss Universe Lorraine Downes
24 Aug 2013 – 30 Jan 2014
Eyelights, Level 4
People and history
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.