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Be inspired by the Aotearoa Section in the 2021 World of WearableArt Awards. On this page you’ll find a set of resources we have put together to inspire and provide a jumping-off point for your 2021 entry. 


WOW rewards the curious, the courageous and those who are passionate enough to stand in the face of self-doubt and embrace creativity no matter the cost.

– Dame Suzie Moncrieff, WOW Founder




Put your unique touch when creating a garment inspired by Aotearoa in the 2021 World of WearableArt Awards. Take the Section theme, and push it further! Explore the limits of your imagination, tell a story through your design and create something that challenges the conventional. Focus on originality, authenticity and artistry when developing your garment, and consider your construction and choice of materials.

Bring us the extraordinary.

Find out more about what the judges are looking for in a World of WearableArt garment here: What are the judges looking for?

– Heather Palmer, Competition Director




Previous entries:

The Aotearoa Section is a long-standing theme in World of WearableArt Awards history. Be inspired by the entries below but remember the judges are looking for a garment that will surprise them and demonstrates design from a fresh perspective that they haven’t seen before.


The Exchange
Kahu Kererū
Ancient Dreamscape

Tatyanna Meharry & Natasha English
New Zealand


2013 South Pacific Section Winner

Andi Regan
New Zealand


2014 South Pacific Section Third

Kayla Christensen
New Zealand


2018 Aotearoa Section Second


Human Nature
Poly Nation
On Reflection

Saar Snoek

2017 Aotearoa Section Winner

Kate MacKenzie
New Zealand

2014 South Pacific Section Winner

Philippa Stichbury

2015 Aotearoa Section Winner


Feeling inspired? What’s your next step?