WOW - World of WearableArt

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About WOW

World of WearableArt (WOW) is an internationally renowned design competition that attracts entries from over 40 countries each year. Anything that is wearable art can find a place on the stage, as long as it is original, innovative and well executed. 

For three weeks every year, WOW showcases the best of these creations in a spectacular show that takes over New Zealand’s vibrant capital city of Wellington in an explosion of creativity. This year 60,000 people will see the show.

Find out more about the World of WearableArt Awards. 

Why Enter?

For designers, WOW offers not only prize money but also profile and promotion of your work, networking opportunities, and access to exclusive internships and residencies.

Whether you’re entering to progress yourself professionally or simply looking for a creative challenge, WOW is a wonderful platform to push the limits of your imagination and creativity. 

Sections & Judging

The 2019 worlds of WOW

Each year we ask designers to be inspired by one of the six worlds that will make up the World of WearableArt Awards. There are three recurring Sections; Aotearoa, Avant-garde and Open, and three Sections that are unique to that year.

Go on a journey like no other and be inspired by the 2019 worlds of WOW:

 

Aotearoa

Avant-garde

Open

Mythology

 

Transform

 

White

 

 

The Judging Process

Each year, finalist garments are selected through three rounds of closed judging.

The judging panel comprises of WOW Founder and Resident Judge, Dame Suzie Moncrieff, and two guests judges, from the worlds of art and fashion, who are invited to be part of the panel.

 

Find out more about what the judges are looking for.
 

For the 2018 World of WearableArt Awards we were honoured to be joined by Creative Director of iconic New Zealand fashion label, NOM*d, Margarita Robertson, Art Director and Business Development Manager with Weta Workshop, Sam Gao, Weta Workshop Co-founder and CEO Sir Richard Taylor, Cirque du Soleil’s Nathalie Bouchard and International Guest judge Mary Wing To. 

 

 

How to Enter

Download our World of WearableArt Awards Entry Guide

Anyone intending to enter the World of WearableArt Awards must first register to receive a unique designer number.  This number is generated by our database and will be required to complete the online entry process.

Your designer number stays the same every year and you are not required to register again. 

Please note: registering as a designer is not the same as actually submitting an entry for the competition (see below).

 

The online entry process for the World of WearableArt Awards consists of three steps. Read more about each step in detail and what is required for the online entry process below.

Check the key deadlines of each step of the 2019 entry process.

Find out more about your freighting options. 

 

Step 1: Intention to Enter

Step 2: Preselection

Step 3: Complete & Submit Entry

2019 Key Dates & Deadlines

DATE

DEADLINE

Saturday 29 September

Entries open online for 2019 Competition

Friday 29 March

Step 1: Intention to Enter closes

Step 2: Preselection closes for ALL International entrants

Friday 5 April

International Preselection results go out

Monday 13 May

Step 2: Preselection closes for New Zealand first-time entrants

Thursday 16 May

New Zealand Preselection results go out

Tuesday 18 June

Step 3: Complete & Submit Entry closes

Entries due in Nelson, New Zealand by 5.00pm (NZST)

Friday 5 - Saturday 7 July

First Judging takes place

Friday 19 July

Judging results go out

Sunday 1 September

Second Judging

Monday 23 September

Final Judging

Friday 27 September

2019 Awards announced

Tertiary Resources

We love working with our education partners to guide and encourage students to enter the Competition, with a focus on generating entries which demonstrate a high level of design concept and construction.

Offering this platform which develops and extends the abilities of the students and provides them with an unique opportunity to showcase their design skills and creativity through the World of WearableArt Awards Show is something we are very proud of. 

FAQs

If the answers below haven’t addressed a question that you have, please contact us.

I am interested in entering the World of WearableArt Awards in the future, what is the first thing I need to do?

What are the key 2019 entry deadlines?

Are there Competition rules that I need to follow?

Is there an entry fee?

Is there an age restriction?

Do I need to do to complete Step 2: Preselection of the entry process?

Why can't I log in to the online entry process?

How do we enter as a design team?

What are the measurements required for my garment?

Am I an International or a New Zealand entrant?

Why can’t I upload my photographs or video?

Can I submit a sketch or drawing?

My garment is not finished, can I still submit it for Step 2: Preselection?

I am a student but my design partner is not, is our entry eligible for the Student Innovation Award?

I studied 10 years ago, am I eligible for the Student Innovation Award?

Is it compulsory that I attend the World of WearableArt Awards Show if my entry is selected?

How do designers book tickets to the Awards Show?

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