WOW - World of WearableArt


2023 Competition – Call for Entries

Anyone intending to enter the World of WearableArt Awards Competition needs to 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 read through this page of information and at the bottom click the link to register as a designer.

The Online Entry Process

Once you have registered as a designer you will have your own designer profile which you can log in to at any time. To submit an entry to the Competition, simply log in to your designer profile and make your way through the online entry process. This process consists of three steps that require you to supply various information by the relevant deadline. Read more about each step in detail below.


Step 1: Intention to Enter

Step 2: Preselection

Step 3: Complete & Submit Entry

Key Dates and Deadlines



Sat 1 Oct 2022

2023 Competition online entry process opens

Thu 2 March 2023

Step 1 Intention to Enter closes

Step 2 Entries close for ALL International entrants

Wed 8 March 2023

International preselection results emailed

Tue 2 May 2023

Step 2 Entries close for New Zealand first-time entrants

Fri 5 May 2023

New Zealand preselection results emailed

Mon 12 June 2023

Step 3 Entries close – Final Garment Hand-in

Fri 30 June - Sun 2 July 2023

First Judging

Fri 7 July 2023

Judging Results emailed

Sun 27 August 2023

Second Judging

Mon 18 September 2023

Final Judging

Fri 22 September 2023

2023 Awards announced


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.

Is there an entry fee?

Is there an age restriction?

Am I an International or a New Zealand entrant?

Can I submit more than one entry in the Competition?

Can I submit a sketch or drawing?

Am I eligible for the Student Innovation Award?

I am a student/first-time entrant but my design partner is not, is our entry eligible for the Student Innovation Award/First-time Entrant Award?

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

Why can't I upload my photos or video?

How do designers book tickets to the Awards Show?

Contact the Team

The World of WearableArt team are here to support you on your journey through the world of WOW. 

Feel free to reach out to the appropriate member of staff listed below should you have any queries or questions.

Heather Palmer Kat Sprowell

Heather Palmer



Kat Sprowell


Leonie Trathen


For inquiries relating
to design concepts,
section and garment

For inquiries relating
to terms and 
conditions, section 
and garment criteria,
tertiary partners and
general queries

For inquiries relating
to the online entry
process, packaging
and freighting


Ready to go? Your first step is to register as a designer!



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