At the World of WearableArt Awards Ceremony, 33 Awards, including the coveted Supreme WOW Award, are awarded to finalist designers each year.

Find out more about each of the awards and prizes that are available as part of the World of WearableArt Awards. 



The most prestigious Award of all; given to the entry that the judges consider to be the most exceptional overall. 


Winner receives: NZ$30,000

Runner-up receives: NZ$15,000



Loops, Yogesh Chaudhary & Manas Barve, India
2010 Supreme WOW Award Winner

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Chosen by WOW Founder, Dame Suzie Moncrieff, as the garment that epitomises the WOW spirit. 

Winner receives: NZ$6,000




222 Buckle Belts, Annina Gull, Switzerland
2017 Dame Suzie Moncrieff Award Winner

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Aotearoa, Avant-garde, Open, Architecture, Monochromatic, Elizabethan Era:


First Prize receives: NZ$6,000

Second Prize receives: NZ$3,000

Third Prize receives: NZ$1,500



Deadly Beauty, Zhang Xi, Donghua University, China
2015 Avant-garde Section Winner


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This award recognises the creativity and originality of an entry submitted by a first-time entrant. 


Winner receives: NZ$5,000



Bling Warrior, Ali Khan & Frida Khan, Qatar
2014 First-time Entrant Award Winner

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This award recognises an entry submitted by a current tertiary student or recent graduate. 



Winner receives: NZ$5,000



Kaleidoscope, Tess Tavener Hanks, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
2015 Student Innovation Award Winner

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This award recognises a designer that explores and applies the most original and innovative technology to the construction and/or function of their wearable art garment. 


Winner receives: NZ$5,000


The Piper of the Lights, Chris Wilson & Gary Wilson, New Zealand
2015 Wearable Technology Award Runner Up


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This award recognises a designer who creates a garment that meets one of the following criteria:

  1. Upcycled: Garment designed to maximise use of discarded materials. Made from at least 85% post-consumer and/or post-industrial repurposed materials
  2. Circular: Garment designed with its end-of-life value in-mind. Made from at least 85% materials that can be easily separated at garment end-of-life and readily recycled and/or composted


Winner receives: NZ$5,000


Itchy Stitch, Christopher Davis, New Zealand
2011 Sustainability Award Winner


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Acknowledging the creativity and excellence of New Zealand designers. 


Winner receives: NZ$5,000


Voyage to Revolution, Carolyn Gibson, New Zealand
2016 New Zealand Design Award Winner


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Acknowledging the creativity and excellence of international designers, a prize of NZ$5,000 is awarded to the best international design from each of the following regions:

  • United Kingdom & Europe
  • Americas
  • Asia
  • Australia & Pacific

In addition, an Overall International Winner is selected and receives NZ$6,000 plus a travel prize of up to NZ$4,000.


The Stitch Witch, Sarah Seahorse & Luna Aquatica, Victoria University, Australia
2015 International Award: Australia & South Pacific Winner

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The winner of this Award is chosen by Sir Richard Taylor, CEO and Creative Director of Weta Workshop, from across all categories of the competition.


The winner will have the unique opportunity to spend time behind-the-scenes at Weta Workshop, and receives NZ$6,000, flights from anywhere in the world plus accommodation in Wellington for up to four weeks.


Please note that the internship connected to this prize would need to take place at a time when border restrictions permit safe travel to and from New Zealand.


Spirit Bone, Guo Xiao Tong, China
2018 Weta Workshop Emerging Designer Award Winner

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The winner of this Award is chosen by revolutionary fashion activist, stylist and costume designer, B. Akerlund.

This award is presented to a designer whose entry exemplifies exceptional cutting-edge design.

The winner receives NZ$5,000 and the opportunity to show up to five pieces of their work at the exclusive Residency Experience showroom in Los Angeles for a three-month period, during which time their work will be given exposure through the Residency social channels.

The winner will also receive a travel prize of NZ$2,500 to enable them to visit the Residency showroom in LA. 

Freighting of collection pieces to and from the Residency Experience showroom in LA and insurance of those items is the designer’s responsibility.

Find out more about The Residency in Los Angeles. 


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