UPDATE: 18 Aug 2020

POSTPONED: In response to changes in covid alert levels, Te Papa will now host World of WearableArt – Up Close | Ao KākahuToi – Kia Tata from Saturday 12 December 2020 to Sunday 14 February 2021.

Te Papa Chief Executive | Tumu Whakarae Courtney Johnston has said “We have made the call to move it to summer and extend the season to give people in Auckland and around the country the best chance to see this incredible exhibition. Te Papa and World of WearableArt are determined to bring this world-class exhibition to audiences, and we appreciate everyone’s understanding as we move the dates to let us do that.”

If you have already purchased tickets to the exhibition you will be contacted directly by Ticketmaster and will be given the option to either re-book or refund your booking. Click here for more information.



We are thrilled to announce an extravagant new exhibition is coming to Te Papa that will immerse visitors in the World of WearableArt.

The creative mission for this very special exhibition is to bring the extraordinary to Wellington in 2020. Featuring over 35 award-winning garments from World of WearableArt’s collection, World of WearableArt – Up Close (Ao KākahuToi – Kia Tata)  is an immersive exhibition that takes the audience on a creative journey like no other.

Each work of wearable art carries its own story woven from the passion, heart and mind of its designer. Each year, designers from around the world are encouraged to push the limits of their imagination to create a work of art that will come to life and ultimately live forever inside the World of WearableArt.

The exhibition will showcase garments created by designers from New Zealand and from as far afield as China, India and Poland. You’ll be able to get up close to six Supreme WOW Award-winning garments, including the most recently crowned winner, 2019’s The Lady Warrior, created by Rinaldy Yunardi from Indonesia and the 2019 Supreme WOW Award Runner-up Woven In-Tent (Kirsten Fletcher, Australia).

From 500 abandoned tents transformed into avant-garde works of art, to a wearable Axminster carpet inspired by Frida Kahlo, to a cathedral made from more than 2300 individually cut pieces of laser-etched felt these are no ordinary works of art and this is no ordinary exhibition. Be moved by stories of labours of love, lose yourself in the incredible detail of the craftsmanship, and be inspired as something WOW this way comes …

Running for a strictly limited season only from Saturday 12 December 2020 – Sunday 14 February 2021, don’t miss your chance to experience this theatrical journey and immersive exhibition with World of WearableArt! 

We recommend allowing 60 minutes for your visit to the exhibition.