Four designers were chosen from a record number of entries from across Australia, to design and create the costume that will be showcased to represent Australia at Donald Trump’s Miss Universe pageant, to be held in Miami in January 2015. The winning design will be worn by our reigning Miss Universe Australia, Tegan Martin.
The winning design in The Elucent Skincare National Costume Competition, which was voted by the public on the Sunrise website, was revealed live on Channel 7 Sunrise recently.
The top four designs were featured in an exclusive runway show and media launch at Sydney’s Doltone House Hyde Park.
Caitlin Holstock’s winning costume is an aboriginal inspired sunset design, with permission granted from the Wurundgeri tribe.
Frida Deguise’s costume was inspired by the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin.
Lorelee Prentice used the Sydney Opera House arcs as inspiration for her winged costume with a sash to reflect the monarchy.
Christopher Ditsas’ costume was inspired by two key sources, corrugated iron, to represent our determination in the harsh climate and national Australian flowers, to represent the people of Australia – varied and colourful.
Miss Universe Australia National Director Deborah Miller said “The number of entries we received this year was astounding, it definitely hit a record. It is such a great opportunity for emerging Australian designers to share their talent and to be noticed on a national and international scale.”
Miss Universe is the second most watched event in the world with over 1 billion viewers, following the World Cup.
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