2017 Supreme WOW Award Winner; Encapsulate, Rinaldy Yunardi, Indonesia
Left: Dame Suzie Moncrieff, Right: Justin Lester (Mayor of Wellington)


World of WearableArt is excited to share that 147 designers from 17 countries have been announced as finalist designers for this year’s World of WearableArt Awards Show. 

This year’s 30th anniversary show will be presented as a series of six worlds, each with its own design provocation that designers have responded to. Along with the recurring Avant-garde, Aotearoa and Open sections are Under the Microscope, Reflective Surfaces and a crowd-favourite, Bizarre Bra. WOW Competition Director, Heather Palmer, said this year’s finalist designers were not afraid to take risks with their concepts and the execution of their garments to create something new and unique.

The first round of judging took place in early July in Nelson. This year, alongside WOW Founder and Resident Judge Dame Suzie Moncrieff, the judges are Margarita Robertson, Creative Director of iconic fashion label NOM*d, and Sam Gao, Art Director and Business Development Manager with Weta Workshop.

In total 140 garments will be brought to life as part of the 2018 WOW Awards Show. 
We can’t wait to showcase these designers’ works of art on the WOW stage soon!
Are you ready to leave your world behind and journey into the unimaginable…


2018 WOW Awards Show | TSB Arena, Wellington
27 September – 14 October

Tickets on sale now. Buy yours today!

Australia (8 Finalist Designers)

China (12 Finalist Designers)

China (Hong Kong) (11 Finalist Designers)

China (Macau) (1 Finalist Designer)

France (1 Finalist Designer)

Germany (2 Finalist Designers)

Greece (1 Finalist Designer)

India (2 Finalist Designers)

Mexico (1 Finalist Designer)

Netherlands (1 Finalist Designer)

New Zealand (65 Finalist Designers)

Poland (1 Finalist Designer)

Russian Federation (1 Finalist Designer)

South Korea (1 Finalist Designer)

Spain (2 Finalist Designers)

Taiwan (13 Finalist Designers)

Thailand (2 Finalist Designers)

United Kingdom (7 Finalist Designers)

United States (15 Finalist Designers)