After three rounds of judging in front of a panel of esteemed judges, the 2017 Supreme WOW Award winner has been decided as Encapsulate by Rinaldy Yunardi from Jakarta, Indonesia.
Yunardi is a first-time entrant to WOW but is an internationally renowned designer boasting a twenty-year career in designing millinery and fashion accessories. He has designed pieces and accessories for several celebrities including the likes of Nicki Minaj and Zoe Saldana. He submitted two garments into the 2017 WOW Design Competition, Encapsulate and Cosmos which won the Open and Avant-garde sections respectively. Encapsulate went on to be announced as the 2017 Supreme WOW Award winner.
All three rounds of the judging process are carried out “blind” – the judges do not know who created which piece, nor anything about the designers who have entered this year. They are able to examine the garments up-close as well as watching them perform on stage and are given a list of materials used and an inspiration or back-story to accompany each piece of art. Yunardi says both his garments are inspired by the universe being a well-ordered whole, encapsulating a system of thought, reason and emotions. Encapsulate is a particularly striking design of a capsule in two halves, made of plastic ropes and LEDs.
Dame Suzie Moncrieff, WOW Founder and Convener of Judging Panel, says
We are delighted to have such a distinguished designer winning two section awards, as well as the Supreme WOW Award. WOW has worked hard to reach out to designers around the world, and it’s exciting when they agree to step into our world. Rinaldy Yunardi joins a stellar line-up of New Zealand and international designers who have won awards at WOW in its 29-year history.
Moncrieff said that the judges were particularly impressed by Yunardi’s design aesthetic, for its exceptional strength in simplicity of design, and uniqueness of form.
The Runner Up to the Supreme WOW Award was Grace DuVal (United States) with her piece Refuse Refuge.
See the full list of the 2017 WOW Award Winners here.