This year 108 finalist garments will come to life on stage as we journey out of this world for the 2019 WOW Awards Show. However you can get into the spirit of creativity before you’ve even stepped through the doors of the TSB Arena by looking out for a number of previous finalist garments that we’ve put on display around the city.
Garment on display at QT Wellington during the 2018 WOW Awards Show season
Deadly Beauty, Zhang Xi, Donghua University, China
Here’s a list of which garments from our historic collection you can find during the Show season, and where you can see them up-close and in extraordinary detail!
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When heading to the Show, be sure to arrive with plenty of time to spare so you can explore the venue and see all of these incredible works of wearable art! These garments will be on display for the Show season from Wednesday 25 September – Sunday 13 October:
Something Fishy: A Man-Eater Double Feature, Wendy Moyer, Mexico (2018 Sustainability Award Winner)
The Wise Athena, Lau Siu San & Cathy, Sin Wei Chow, Hong Kong, China (2018 Reflective Surfaces Section Winner)
Uplifting, David Kirkpatrick, New Zealand (2018 Bizarre Bra Section Winner)
Foreign Bodies, Dawn Mostow & Ben Gould, United States (2018 Overall International Design Award Winner)
WAR sTOrY, Natasha English & Tatyanna Meharry, New Zealand (2018 Supreme WOW Award Winner)
Axminstress, Kate MacKenzie, New Zealand (2018 Avant-garde Section Second)
Tribute, Shelley Scott, Ashley Scott & Jaime Scott, New Zealand (2018 Bizarre Bra Section Finalist)
Underling, Gillian Saunders, New Zealand (2018 Open Section Winner)
Echoplex – Goddess of Reverb, Natalie Hutton, Australia (2018 Avant-garde Section Winner)
Eye See You Fluffy Kōwhai, Tina Hutchison-Thomas, New Zealand (2018 New Zealand Design Award Winner)
Directly outside the TSB Arena you’ll find the WOW HUB. This is your go-to place for all things WOW including ticketing information and merchandise. Here you’ll also find two installations profiling two award-winning designers. You can check these garments out from when the WOW HUB opens on Monday 23 September and throughout the Show season until Sunday 13 October:
Ernst Haeckel’s Bride, Nika Danielska, Poland (2018 Supreme WOW Award Runner-up)
Skeletal Bra, Nika Danielska, Poland (2018 Bizarre Bra Section Finalist)
Girls in Ribbons, Julian Hartzog, United States (2014 International Design Award: Americas)
Like Nothing I Had Ever Seen Before, Julian Hartzog, United States (2017 International Design Award: Americas)
Come Fly With Me, Julian Hartzog, United States (2016 Bizarre Bra Section Winner)
You can catch the WOW bug from the moment you land at Wellington Airport! In the domestic terminal you won’t be able to miss To Be or Not To Be on display, it’s an extraordinary garment created by 2015 finalist designer, Joanna Peacock (United Kingdom).
To Be or Not to Be, Joanna Peacock, United Kingdom (2015 Weta Workshop Section Winner)
Our partner hotel, QT Wellington is a wonderful art-centric boutique hotel that goes hand-in-hand with the creativity of WOW! During the 2019 WOW Show season QT Wellington is giving guests and visitors the opportunity to see four finalist garments from WOW’s historical collection on display. Three garments will be exhibited in the Long Gallery and an additional garment will be on display in the hotel lobby. Appreciate the detail of these incredible award winning garments up-close.
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Eve Gilliland, New Zealand (2010 First-time Entrant Award Winner)
She Only Sees With Mirrors, Rodney Leong, New Zealand (2013 Avant-garde Section Honourable Mention)
Poly Nation, Kate MacKenzie, New Zealand (2014 Supreme WOW Award Winner)
Feminine Mettle, Frank Strunk III, United States (2011 WOW Factor Award Runner-up)
Our partner hotel InterContinental Wellington shines during the WOW Show season and this year is no exception, as you’ll be able to see the incredible detail that has gone into 2018 Reflective Surfaces finalist, Spirit Bone that will take pride of place in the lobby of the hotel. Spirit Bone will be on display from Wednesday 25 September:
Spirit Bone, Guo Xiaotong, China (2018 Weta Workshop Emerging Designer Award Winner)