OPENLY-gay Sydney designer Timothy Cubbo has made it to the top four entrants hoping to win a competition to dress Australia’s entrant in the next International Miss Universe competition.

The competition, run buy Channel 7’s Sunrise program, has the final four costumes online for public voting and the winning costume will be worn by Miss Universe Australia. The winning designer will also be flown to the competition to see their work modelled on the international stage.

Cubbo’s design brings together two Australian favourites – Dame Edna Everage and the Sydney Opera House – in a costume resemblant of a Kylie Minogue show girl outfit.




The Star Observer caught up with Cubbo to find out more about his creation.

“It really is a tongue in cheek costume taking inspiration from Dame Edna Everage who is an internationally recognised as cultural icon from Australia,” he said.

“It is also inspired buy Dame Edna’s costumes that often reference Australian icons with the Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef represented in the costumes hand beaded tulle.”

The costume, including the 10 metre train, took the designer over a month to create and features a hand rhinestone sequin bodice setting itself out from the others in the competition.

The quietly confident designer told the Star Observer that he will find out who the winner of the competition is on October 5 during an announcement on the Sunrise program.

Voting is open until October 2. Vote here.

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