In June each year we announce the section themes for the following year’s competition so that designers can begin creating their garments well in advance if they wish to.
Then at the beginning of October, the online entry process officially opens. Here is everything you need to know about creating your WOW designer profile, and each step of the online entry process.
Create your WOW Designer Profile
Anyone intending to enter the World of WearableArt Competition needs to first create a designer profile with us to receive a unique WOW designer number. Once you have a WOW designer profile set up, you will be able to access exclusive competition information through our online community and also receive regular updates from the WOW team.
This number is generated by our database and will be required to complete the online entry process for the 2023 WOW Competition. Your designer number stays the same every year and you are not required to register more than once.
Complete the online entry process
Now you have a WOW designer profile you can log in anytime. The online entry process for the 2023 WOW Competition is now open. From that date, you will be able to begin completing the online entry process steps.
This process consists of three steps that require you to supply various information by specific dates and deadline.
Step 1: Intention to Enter
The ‘intention to enter’ gives WOW an indication of how many designers and garments will be entered into the competition.
The information required at Step 1 is: Basic personal information, your entry/garment name, and the section theme.
Note: Design teams of 2-3 members must nominate a lead designer to complete the entry process on behalf of their team.
Step 2: Preselection
This stage is when you must have a completed garment ready for the judges to assess. At the Preselection step, entrants are required to submit the following information via the online entry form:
- Garment materials
- A short inspiration: line about what inspired the design of the garment
- A long inspiration
- A minimum of four photographs (front, back and both sides) of your completed garment
- A short video of your completed garment
Entrants will be notified of the judges’ decision and successful entrants will be asked to continue on to Step 3 of the online entry process and send their entries to World of WearableArt in Nelson, New Zealand to participate in the first official judging round.
NB: This step is compulsory for New Zealand first-time entrants and all international entrants. A first-time entrant is a designer who has not had an entry selected to appear on stage at a previous WOW Awards Show.
Returning New Zealand designers are not required to complete Step 2: Preselection and the online entry process will allow them to go straight to Step 3: Complete & Submit Entry when they log in to their designer profile.
Step 3: Complete & Submit Entry
This is the final step of the online entry process. At this stage you will be required to submit the following:
- Photographs of your completed garment (if you have not already done so as part of Step 2: Preselection)
- All outstanding information required for your entry: long and short inspirations, materials, and model requirements
- Dressing instructions created, printed and sent with your entry
Terms and Conditions
You will also be asked to thoroughly read the Competition Terms and Conditions then print and sign. The signed copy of Terms and Conditions must be included with your entry when you send it.
You have completed your entry and now you are considering how to get it from the living room floor or your studio workspace to Nelson, New Zealand. Learn more about sending your garment to Nelson, New Zealand with Mainfreight shipping.