Back to the Awards Competition




Be inspired by the Avant-garde 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 on avant-garde design 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:

We see incredible avant-garde garments each year in the World of WearableArt Awards. Be inspired by the creations 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.


Echoplex – Goddess of Reverb

Natalie Hutton


2018 Avant-garde Section

Maria Tsopanaki &
Dimitri Mavinis
United Kingdom

2016 Avant-garde Section


R. R. Pascoe


2017 Avant-garde Section


The Messenger

Dawn Mostow & Lana Crooks
United States


2017 Red Section

Qiongwen Zhang
London College of Fashion
United Kingdom

2018 Avant-garde Section

Rinaldy Yunardi


2017 Avant-garde Section


Feeling inspired? What’s your next step?