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Be inspired by the Avant-garde Section in the 2023 World of WearableArt (WOW) Competition. On this page you’ll find a set of resources we have put together to inspire and provide a jumping-off point for your 2023 entry. 


WOW rewards the curious, the courageous and those who are passionate enough to stand in the face of self-doubt and embrace creativity no matter the cost.

– Dame Suzie Moncrieff, WOW Founder





Put your unique touch on avant-garde design in the 2023 World of WearableArt (WOW) Competition. Take the Section theme, and push it further! Explore the limits of your imagination, tell a story through your design and create something that challenges the conventional. Focus on originality, authenticity and artistry when developing your garment, and consider your construction and choice of materials.

Bring us the extraordinary.

Find out more about what the judges are looking for in a World of WearableArt garment here: What are the judges looking for?

– Heather Palmer, Competition Director





Feeling inspired? What’s your next step?

The Avant-garde Section is a long-standing theme in World of WearableArt’s history. Be inspired by the previous entries below but remember the judges are looking for a garment that will surprise them and demonstrates design from a fresh perspective that they haven’t seen before.