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Human Nature, Saar Snoek, Netherlands

Awards & Prizes

At the World of WearableArt Awards Ceremony, 33 awards, including the coveted Supreme WOW Award, are awarded to finalist designers each year. The World of WearableArt Awards offer over $185,000 in prizes. All prizes below are in New Zealand dollars.

Supreme WOW Award

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

Winner
NZ$
30,000
Second Prize
NZ$
15,000
Third prize
NZ$
Wanton Widow, Kate MacKenzie, New Zealand

Wanton Widow, Kate MacKenzie, New Zealand

Dame Suzie Moncrieff Award

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

Winner
NZ$
6,000
Second Prize
NZ$
Third prize
NZ$
Waka Huia, Kayla Christensen, New Zealand

Waka Huia, Kayla Christensen, New Zealand

Section Awards

Aotearoa, Avant-garde, Open, Crazy Curiosities of the Creature Carnival, Natural World, and Geometric Abstraction.

Winner
NZ$
6,000
Second Prize
NZ$
3,000
Third prize
NZ$
1,500
Fera Dei, Fifi Colston & Bruce Mahalski, New Zealand

Fera Dei, Fifi Colston & Bruce Mahalski, New Zealand

First-time Entrants Award

This award recognises the creativity and originality of an entry submitted by a first-time entrant. To qualify for the First-Time Entrant Award, all members of a design team must be first-time entrants.

Winner
NZ$
5,000
Second Prize
NZ$
Third prize
NZ$
Hide & Seek, Mingzhang Sun, London College of Fashion, United Kingdom

Hide & Seek, Mingzhang Sun, London College of Fashion, United Kingdom

Student Innovation Award

This award recognises an entry submitted by a current tertiary student or recent graduate. To qualify for the Student Innovation Award, all members of a design team must be current tertiary students or have graduated within the 12 months before entering.

Winner
NZ$
5,000
Second Prize
NZ$
Third prize
NZ$
Kaleidoscope, Tess Tavener Hanks, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Kaleidoscope, Tess Tavener Hanks, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Transformation Innovation Award

This award recognizes an entry that inspires awe using the element of surprise. This may be achieved through transformation, innovative design, performative elements or with the use of technology.

Winner
NZ$
5,000
Second Prize
NZ$
Third prize
NZ$
Sea Urchin Explosion, Jack Irving, United Kingdom

Sea Urchin Explosion, Jack Irving, United Kingdom

Sustainability Award

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

Upcycled: Garment designed to maximise use of discarded materials. Made from at least 85% post-consumer and/or post-industrial repurposed materials.

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
NZ$
5,000
Second Prize
NZ$
Third prize
NZ$
Haerenga (Journey), Christopher Davis, New Zealand

Haerenga (Journey), Christopher Davis, New Zealand

New Zealand Design Award

Acknowledging the creativity and excellence of New Zealand designers. For the New Zealand Design Award, all members of a design team must be citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand.

Winner
NZ$
5,000
Second Prize
NZ$
Third prize
NZ$
Kaitiaki, Lisa Vanin, New Zealand

Kaitiaki, Lisa Vanin, New Zealand

International Design Award

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

United Kingdom & Europe, Americas, Asia, and Australia & Pacific.

To qualify for the International Design Awards, all members of a design team must be citizens or permanent residents of the same region.

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

Winner
NZ$
Second Prize
NZ$
Third prize
NZ$
Gemini: the Twins, Dawn Mostow & Ben Gould, United States

Gemini: the Twins, Dawn Mostow & Ben Gould, United States

Wētā Workshop Emerging Designer Award

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

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

Winner
NZ$
6,000
Second Prize
NZ$
Third prize
NZ$
The Giant Purse, Thao Nguyen, Vietnam

The Giant Purse, Thao Nguyen, Vietnam

WOW Designer Development Award

This award has been created to support a designer through a professional development opportunity relating to their chosen field of creative practice. The Award is currently open to Finalists in the 2023 competition.

WOW will select the award winner based on an application which outlines the designers’ creative or technical goals and presents an excellent opportunity to pursue professional development via education, training, experience, mentorship, or internship.

Winner
NZ$
7,500
Second Prize
NZ$
Third prize
NZ$

People's Choice Award

The winner of this Award is chosen by the show audience via an online voting system. The People’s Choice Award, is announced after the conclusion of the show season

Winner
NZ$
2,500
Second Prize
NZ$
Third prize
NZ$
Hidden Layers, Anna Weszelovszky, Hungary

Hidden Layers, Anna Weszelovszky, Hungary

Residency & Internships

The winner of the Wētā Workshop Emerging Designer Award provide unique opportunities to spend time with internationally renowned organisations, and learn directly from the best of the best. Find about past winners' experiences here.