As a professional leather artisan who has trained under the Queen’s master saddler, with a master’s degree in fashion design and technology, and winner of the 2011 Supreme WOW Award, Mary Wing To brings a wealth of experience and an eye for high-quality craftsmanship to her role as International Guest Judge for WOW’s 30th anniversary show.
Wing To’s journey with World of WearableArt began in 2008, when she entered leatherwork pieces from her fashion collection, adorned with braided human and horse hair. Her garments have also won the International Design Award and placed in the Avant-garde Section, but her crowning WOW achievement was 2011’s Supreme WOW Award-winning piece Hylonome, an entirely hand-crafted leather garment with moulded horse head, constructed using the finest saddlery techniques. Wing To’s commitment to the best has also seen her train as a bespoke coat maker on London’s Savile Row, learn the art of traditional whip-making, as well as create commissions for the fashion and film industry.
She has won many accolades for her craftsmanship, perfecting her profession at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, the combined stable, garage, and carriage house of the royal family and an institution that can trace its history back to the 1300s.
Wing To currently works for the iconic luxury fashion house Chanel, as well as creative director for her own brands Mary Wing To and Whip in Hand. Of WOW, Wing To says the Competition offers ultimate creative freedom for designers.
WOW is unique, it lets you push the boundaries of design across all crafts. It’s a fantasy, a dream, and a platform which allows you to express your creativity.
We spent one minute with Mary Wing To when she was out in New Zealand as the 2018 International Guest Judge! (Click to watch)
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