Each year, more than 300 competition entries from all over the world are received in Nelson. It is not unusual for a garment to have as many as 30 individual components – or more! If dressing instructions are limited and the components are not individually labelled … well, things can get confusing!
We often receive components that closely resemble each other and need to know if the item is a leg piece or an arm piece? There are three identical garments within one entry, but only one hat, which garment does it belong to? – Model A, B or C?
We know how much time, effort and emotion can go into creating a garment for WOW so it is imperative that we do your entry justice and present it correctly. Concise and clear dressing instructions, assisted by well labelled components, will direct the wardrobe team and WOW dressers as to how your garment should be worn.
To help our wardrobe team, dressers, models present your amazing wearable art design to the world, please consider this list of tips.
List the components of your garment in the most logical order that they go onto the body. Headpieces and shoes will generally be dressed last, but this of course does not apply to every garment! Please be clear as to the order.
Please advise on dressing techniques in your instructions. This is particularly important if there is a trick or an unobvious way to dress the components of your garment.
Photographing your garment in stages, as each component is dressed, can be a clear and quick way to show the dressing order without having to use too many words.
Please include full length, colour photographs of your completed garment from all angles – the front, both sides and the back. Please ensure all photographs are in focus.
- The Garment name
- The Section you entered
- The Designer(s) name
N.B. It is not necessary to include your designer number on your labels.
Remember labels are not removed for the show so they need to be in a place that is not visible when worn.
If you are unable to add a label to your garment because of the size of the component is too small or thin, you could still make labels for each piece but attach with safety pins and we will remove them before fitting onto your model.
If your entry consists of more than one garment requiring two or three models please label each garment like this: Model 1 of 3; Model 2 of 3; Model 3 of 3 and use these same indicators in your dressing instructions.
When your label is permanent, stitch or iron on where possible. Please do not attach your label with pins or staples. This is not a permanent solution – but, more importantly, no-one wants to see our models injured!
Standard school clothing label kits provide labels that are a good size and easy to read.
Please remember when naming your shoes to put the label on the inside of the shoe and not on the under sole as this can be seen when the model walks across the stage.
Attach the label to the centre back of each component where possible.
If you have components that look similar you could use clear wording such as ‘right arm piece,’ and ‘left arm piece.’