At the World of WearableArt Awards Ceremony, 34 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 2019 World of WearableArt Awards. 

SUPREME WOW AWARD

 

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

 

Winner receives: NZD30,000

Runner-up receives: NZD15,000

 

 

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

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DAME SUZIE MONCRIEFF AWARD

 

 

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

Winner receives: NZD6,000

 

 

 

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

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SECTION PRIZES

 

Aotearoa, Avant-garde, Open, Mythology, Transform, White:

 

First Prize receives: NZD6,000

Second Prize receives: NZD3,000

Third Prize receives: NZD1,500

 

 

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

 

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FIRST-TIME ENTRANT AWARD

 

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

 

Winner receives: NZD5,000

 

 

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

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STUDENT INNOVATION AWARD

 

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

 

 

Winner receives: NZD5,000

 

 

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

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WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY AWARD

 

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: NZD5,000

 

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

 

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SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

 

This award recognises a designer who demonstrates inventive use of recycled materials in their garment. At least 85% of the garment must be made from recycled materials.

 

Winner receives: NZD5,000

 

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

 

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NEW ZEALAND DESIGN AWARD

 

Acknowledging the creativity and excellence of New Zealand designers. 

 

Winner receives: NZD5,000

 

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

 

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INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

 

Acknowledging the creativity and excellence of international designers, a prize of NZD5,000 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 NZD6,000 plus a travel prize of up to NZD4,000.

 

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

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WETA WORKSHOP EMERGING DESIGNER AWARD

 

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 NZD6,000, flights from anywhere in the world plus accommodation in Wellington for up to four weeks.

 

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

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL INVITED ARTISAN AWARD

 

The winner of this Award is chosen by a judge from Cirque du Soleil. This award is presented to an established designer whose entry demonstrates outstanding use of new techniques or technologies.

 

The winner receives NZD5,000 and will undertake a four-week residency at Cirque du Soleil in Montreal, Canada.

 

Flights from anywhere in the world and accommodation are included. 

 

Cube, Adam McAlavey, United Kingdom
2017 Cirque du Soleil Invited Artisan Award Winner

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THE RESIDENCY EXPERIENCE AWARD

New for 2019!

 

 

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 NZD5,000 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 NZD2,500 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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