World of WearableArt - Up Close

Experience World of WearableArt like never before in this immersive exhibition at Te Papa

WOW Up Close Human Nature Saar Snoek Netherlands


12 Dec 2020 – 14 Feb 2021


Te Papa, 55 Cable Street

World of WearableArt Up Close (Ao KākahuToi – Kia Tata) is your chance to see every detail of some of the most breathtaking wearable art garments from the World of WearableArt Awards Show (WOW).

This theatrical journey through WOW brings you up close to over 35 extraordinary garments from the world’s leading wearable art competition. Explore the limitless creativity and jaw-dropping detail of the garments and learn the unique stories behind the designs.

Waka Huia Kayla Christensen New Zealand
WOW Up Close Gemini The Twins macro1
Woven In-tent by Kirsten Fletcher Australia
The Lady Warrior by Rinaldy Yunardi Indonesia

The exhibition features award-winning works of wearable art created by designers from New Zealand and around the globe, including garments from the most recent 2019 Awards Competition with connections to some of the world’s most popular celebrities including:

  • Gemini: The Twins by Dawn Mostow and Ben Gould (United States) whose latex creations have graced the runways of Paris and New York and been worn by celebrities such as Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Kylie Jenner.
  • The Lady Warrior by Rinaldy Yunardi (Indonesia) who claimed three awards in 2019 for this garment made of recycled paper. Rinaldy has created garments and accessories for a long-list of celebrities including Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Madonna who wore his crown and necklace for the 2018 Met Gala.
  • Woven In-tent by Kirsten Fletcher (Australia), an avant-garde garment created using 500 abandoned tents that was worn by Lizzo for a Rolling Stone magazine photoshoot earlier this year.



WOW is an internationally renowned wearable art competition that attracts entries from over 40 countries each year. While the 2020 World of WearableArt Competition and Award Show were cancelled due to Covid-19, this new bespoke exhibition brings you even closer to the wearable art phenomenon.

Alongside the exhibition, a series of special events will take place at Te Papa; from a glittering opening party, to high tea experiences, after dark evenings, floor talks and dinners. 

Images courtesy of World of WearableArt Ltd.

WOW Up Close Underling Gillian Saunders
WOW Up Close Underling Gillian Saunders 3
WOW Up Close Underling Gillian Saunders 2

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