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Elizabethan Era


Be inspired by the Elizabethan Era Section in the 2022 World of WearableArt Awards. On this page you’ll find a set of resources we have put together to inspire and provide a jumping-off point for your 2022 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 a concept inspired by the Elizabethan era in the 2022 World of WearableArt Awards. 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




Previous entries:

We’ve pulled together some examples of previous entries that demonstrate how garments may be inspired by the Elizabethan era. Be inspired by the 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.


Voyage to Revolution (macro)
Filigreen (macro)
Rococo Despair (macro)

Carolyn Gibson
New Zealand


2016 Baroque/Rococo Section

Cushla O’Connell
New Zealand


2016 Baroque/Rococo Section

Hannah McArthur
United Kingdom


2016 Baroque/Rococo Section


Incandecadence (macro)
Axminstress (macro)
Madame Deficit (macro)

Jennifer Carlton
New Zealand


2016 Baroque/Rococo Section

Kate MacKenzie
New Zealand


2018 Avant-garde Section

Jessica Rowell
United States


2016 Baroque/Rococo Section

Feeling inspired? What’s your next step?