At the heart of WOW is our international design competition.  An opportunity for designers from around the globe to create, indulge, experiment and play with the concept of wearable art, and have these works of art come alive on stage at the annual WOW Awards Show.

This year the competition saw an incredible collection of imaginative and brilliant entries, taking inspiration from one of the six sections that were announced back in September 2016. The designers of these garments not only cover a huge range geographically but also in background – from international fashion designers to artists from the industrial sector, from students to first-time enthusiasts – the resulting entries highlighting this diversity.

First Judging took place in July, which is where the judges decide which garments will be showcased on stage at this year’s WOW Awards Show in Wellington.   

And although we keep the mystery of what will be revealed on stage, we can now announce who the people are behind the creations that will be brought to life in September/October.

Don’t miss out! See the finalist garments for yourself at WOW 2017, 21 Sept – 8 Oct, TSB Bank Arena, Wellington, buy your tickets now.