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World of WearableArt combines an international wearable art competition with a spectacular stage show held in Wellington each September and October. Celebrating its 30th anniversary show in 2018, New Zealand’s single largest theatrical production attracts around 60,000 people each year to experience this unique, extravagant show like no other.

At the heart of the World of WearableArt Awards Show is the international competition; a unique platform for designers and artists to share and showcase creativity and inspiration, expand horizons through global connections, experiment with new techniques and technologies and build on professional portfolios of design work.

"As a design competition, WOW rewards the curious, the courageous and those who are passionate enough to stand in the face of self-doubt, and embrace creativity no matter the cost."

- Dame Suzie Moncrieff, WOW Founder

The World of WearableArt Awards Competition has inspired and encouraged an explosion of creative brilliance. The Competition is internationally renowned and attracts entries from around 40 countries each year. Anything that is wearable art can find a place on the stage, as long as it is original, innovative and well executed.

Each year, World of WearableArt invites designers, artists and makers from around the world to realise the unimaginable and challenge the conventional as they create works of art that will be brought to life on stage at the annual World of WearableArt Awards Show. For the audience, it is a theatrical spectacular that is a feast for the eyes. For designers, it is an opportunity to make work free from commercial restrictions, to become part of an international design community and to have their talent recognised.

Designers come from the worlds of fashion, textile or industrial design, jewellery, architecture, engineering, sculpture and painting, or homemaking.  Some of them have been storing a creative idea in their brain for a long time, sometimes years; others use the annual creative challenges (sections) to spark a new vision. 

Dame Suzie Moncrieff, founder of WOW explains, ‘WOW rewards the curious, the courageous and those who are passionate enough to stand in the face of self-doubt and embrace creativity no matter the cost.’

This year, you can expect to journey out of this world and into a breathtaking world of creativity as the internationally renowned World of WearableArt Awards Show returns to Wellington in September/October.

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