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2020 World of WearableArt Awards Competition 

Entries are now officially open for the 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Competition!

Use the menu above to find out more about the Awards Competition, be inspired by the six Section Themes (under Sections & Judging) in this year’s Competition, and to find out more about How to Enter

About WOW

The World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards Competition is an internationally renowned wearable art competition that, each year, attracts entries from over 40 countries around the world. The Awards Competition is an opportunity for designers to create the unimaginable, to challenge the conventional, and defy creative expectations.

For three weeks every year, the finalist garments in the Competition are showcased in a spectacular show that takes over New Zealand’s vibrant capital city of Wellington in an explosion of creativity. Today garments are brought to life on stage in front of an audience of over 60,000 people.

Find out more about the World of WearableArt Awards. 


Watch more footage from the World of WearableArt on our YouTube channel!

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 2020 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.

Click on the images below to find out more about each of the 2020 Section Themes.


2020 Section Themes:



Find out what the judges are looking for in a World of WearableArt garment.


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.

For the 2019 World of WearableArt Awards, Dame Suzie Moncrieff was joined by designer James Dobson of Jimmy D, and acclaimed multimedia artist Gregor Kregar


During 2019 Awards Week, the judging panel was joined by guest judges Melissa Thompson (Cirque du Soleil), Sir Richard Taylor (Weta Workshop) and B. Akerlund (The Residency Experience)


How to Enter

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).

We also recommend downloading the 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Competition Entry Guide and having a good read before you start on your creation!

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.

Find out more about your freighting options. 


Step 1: Intention to Enter

Step 2: Preselection

Step 3: Complete & Submit Entry

2020 Key Dates & Deadlines



Saturday 28 September

Entries open online for 2020 World of WearableArt Awards

Monday 30 March

Step 1: Intention to Enter closes

Step 2: Preselection closes for ALL International entrants

Friday 3 April

International Preselection results go out

Monday 11 May

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

Thursday 14 May

New Zealand Preselection results go out

Tuesday 16 June

Step 3: Complete & Submit Entry closes

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

Friday 3 - Sunday 5 July

First Judging takes place

Friday 17 July

Judging results go out

Sunday 30 August

Second Judging

Monday 21 September

Final Judging

Friday 25 September

2020 Awards Ceremony

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. 


If the answers below haven’t addressed a question that you have, please first read the Competition Terms & Conditions, which contain a lot of information about entering the Competition and garment requirements. If these still do not address your query please contact us.


Recently we answered your questions in a live Q&A, check out the recording to hear more about entering the Competition.

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?

I have entered the Competition before, do I need to re-register?

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?

Contact Us

Please feel free to reach out to the Competition and Wardrobe teams should you have any queries about entering the Awards Competition:


Heather Palmer

Competition Director

Kat Sprowell

Competition Manager



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