WOW - World of WearableArt


Designer information

For over thirty years, the World of WearableArt Awards Competition has invited designers, artists and creators from all backgrounds and walks of life around the globe to create the unimaginable, to challenge the conventional and defy creative expectations as they make works of art that will be brought to life in the most extraordinary of ways in the annual WOW Awards Show.

We are the world’s leading wearable art competition; a unique platform to share and showcase your creativity with the world. On this page you will find all the information you need to enter the Competition. We can’t wait to see what you dream up!

Begin the journey and create your WOW designer profile 

If you are interested in joining the WOW design community and entering the Competition, the first thing you need to do is create your WOW Designer Profile. Once you have registered as a designer with us, you will be able to receive regular news and updates about WOW and the Competition, and you will also be invited to join the WOW Designers’ Forum on Facebook where you can join a wonderful community of talented creatives from around the world and share your creative endeavours with them.


2023 Competition Section Themes

In 2023, there are six worlds or section themes for designers to be inspired by when entering the Competition. This includes three recurring sections; Aotearoa, Avant-garde and Open, and three sections, Gold, Mars & Beyond and Bizarre Bra, that are unique to 2023. Here is where you’ll find more information about each section theme including inspiration videos and Pinterest boards.


Creating Your Garment

World of WearableArt is about taking art and adorning the body, so, considerations around the human form and using the body as a foundation should be central to your design. This useful guide will help you with what you need to know before you get started.



Entering the Competition

Once you have created your WOW Designer Profile, you can submit an entry to the Competition by following the 3-step online entry process.

Here we will guide you through each step of the online entry process.



Key Dates and Deadlines

Here is a handy list to help you prepare for key dates and deadlines such as when the online entry process opens and when official judging occurs.  



Designer Resources

On this page you’ll find a library of resources that we’ve put together for you. This includes useful blogs and videos with tips and advice from the WOW team on everything from garment photography, guidelines for electrics, packing your garment, and much more.



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