WOW - World of WearableArt Award Show

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WOW® Awards & Prizes

The WOW® awards offers $165,000 in prize money. 

All prizes below are in New Zealand dollars.

Supreme WOW Award

Awarded to the designer with the garment considered by the judges to be the most exceptional overall.

Winner: $30,000 / Runner up: $6,000

Credit: Diva’s Dreamscape, Peter Wakeman, New Zealand

Section Prizes

Each section has prize money of $9,700.

Winner $6,000 / Second $2,500 / Third $1,200

Garment credit: Renascence, Yuru Ma & Siyu Fang, Donghua University, China


Special Awards

Dame Suzie Moncrieff Award

Chosen by Dame Suzie Moncrieff as the most innovative garment with the ‘wow’ factor. 

Winner: $5,000 / Runner up: $1,000

Garment Credit: Get Behind Me Satan, Rodney Leong, New Zealand

First Time Entrant Award

Recognising creativity and innovation in an entry submitted by a first time entrant. 

Winner: $5,000 / Runner up: $1,000

Garment Credit: Brave New World, Ewelina Kosmal, Poland

Student Innovation Award

Open to all national and international tertiary students. 

Winner: $5,000 / Runner up: $1,000

Garment Credit: Kaleidoscope, Tess Tavener Hanks, Australia

Sustainability Award

This award is for the designer who is concerned about protecting the environment and uses materials that would otherwise be discarded.

At least 85% of the garment must be made from recycled materials. 

Winner: $5,000 / Runner up $1,000

Garment Credit: Templa Mentis, Daniella Sasvari, New Zealand

Wearable Technology Award 

This prize is awarded to the designer who explores and applies the most original and innovative technology to the construction and/or function of their wearable art garment.

Winner: $5,000 / Runner up: $1,000

Garment Credit: Exotic, Qianwen Hong, Donghua University, China

New Zealand Design Award 

Acknowledging the creativity and design innovation of New Zealand designers, this award goes to the best entry from New Zealand.

Winner: $5,000

Garment: Tinker, Jeff Thomson, New Zealand

Wellington International Award

Acknowledging the creativity and excellence of international designers, this award goes to the best international entry. 

Winner: $6,000

In addition to the overall international award, a prize of $5,000 is awarded to the best international designer from each of the following regions:

  • UK/Europe Design Award
  • Americas Design Award 
  • Asia Design Award
  • Australia & South Pacific Design Award

People’s Choice Award

During the WOW season the audience has the chance to vote on their favourite garment.

This award is announced in the week following the final performance. 

Winner: $1,000

Garment Credit: Knight Of Fire, Maria Tsopanaki and Dimitri Mavinis, United Kingdom


Weta Workshop

The winner of the Weta Workshop costume & film section receives a four-week internship at the academy award-winning Weta Workshop.

An internship at Weta Workshop offers invaluable experience and contacts in the costume and film industry. The winning designer will work at Weta Workshop, the five-time academy award winner for best costume design and visual effects for the ‘Lord Of The Rings’, headed by co-founder Sir Richard Taylor.

This section winner also receives accommodation and return airfares from anywhere in the world to Wellington, New Zealand.

Photo Credit: Mark Dobson, Winner, Weta Workshop Section 2014


Cirque du Soleil

The winner of the Cirque du Soleil Award receives a four-week internship at world renowned Cirque du Soleil headquarters in Montreal, Canada.

The designer who integrates techniques and/or technologies into their garment in a way that enhances human performance and includes elements of bio-mechanics, aesthetics, kinetics, pushing the boundaries of textiles, forms, apparatus, colours and how these integrate with the performer, will have the opportunity to be mentored by some of the world’s most innovative creative practitioners.

This prize also includes accommodation and return airfares from anywhere in the world to Montreal, Canada.

Photo Credit: Screen-printing at Cirque du Soleil (Photo: Tess Tavener Hanks)

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