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What is the World of WearableArt Awards Competition?

The World of WearableArt Awards Competition is an internationally renowned wearable art competition that attracts entries from over 40 countries each year. Today garments come from across the globe and are brought to life on stage in front of an audience of over 60,000 people. The Competition has grown exponentially over the past 31 years and the creativity of the designers has continued to go from strength-to-strength. 

Each year, World of WearableArt invites designers, artists and makers from around the world to realise the unimaginable and challenge the conventional as they create works of art that will be brought to life on stage at the annual World of WearableArt Awards Show.

We love working with our education partners to guide and encourage students to enter the Awards Competition, with a focus on generating entries which demonstrate a high level of design concept and construction.

Offering this platform which develops and extends the abilities of the students and provides them with an unique opportunity to showcase their design skills and creativity through the World of WearableArt Awards Show is something we are very proud of. 

 

Why do students enter the Awards Competition?

The Awards Competition is a unique platform to share and showcase creativity and inspiration, expand horizons through global connections to other creative companies, experiment with new techniques and technologies and build on both student and professional portfolios of design work.

Karl Rouse, Programme Director – Performance at London College of Fashion joined us in Wellington for the 2018 World of WearableArt Awards Show. We caught up with him to find out more about the benefits of his students entering international competitions like the World of WearableArt Awards.

 

The World of WearableArt Awards Competition not only offers a total prize pool of NZ$187,500 including a specific Student Innovation Award, but is also a platform that profiles and promotes designers’ work, provides networking opportunities, and access to exclusive internships and residencies with exciting creative companies around the world.

Internships and residencies available in 2020:

  • Weta Workshop Emerging Designer Award in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Cirque du Soleil Invited Artisan Award in Montreal, Canada
  • The Residency Experience Award in Los Angeles, United States

For more information about all 34 Awards to be won in 2020 please click here.

Whether designers enter to progress professionally or simply for the ultimate creative challenge, the World of WearableArt Awards Competition is a wonderful platform to push the limits of imagination and creativity.

 

Sharing the 2020 Awards Competition

 

Entries are now open for the 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Competition.

To help you promote and share information about the World of WearableArt Awards to your students, we’ve created a set of resources for you to download and use as you need.

Click below to see and download the following materials: 

  • Printable poster
  • Digital landscape asset
  • Square social media asset

If there is anything else that we can provide to help you inform and encourage students to enter the World of WearableArt Awards Competition, please don’t hesitate to contact us

 

 

Printable poster

This A4 printable poster has been created for you to print out
and include on any college/school noticeboards or to hand out
to students when appropriate.

Digital landscape asset

This landscape asset has been created for you to include in
internal e-newsletters or to post on a website/student blog area. 

Along with this image, please feel free to use the text below as
accompanying context and information.

Social media post

This social media asset has been created for you to
post to any relevant social media channels (you can find us
@worldofwearableart on Facebook and Instagram)

Along with this image, please feel free to use the text below as
accompanying context and information.

 

Text to accompany Competition assets:

The World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards Competition is a unique platform for designers to share and showcase creativity and inspiration, expand horizons through global connections to other creative companies, experiment with new techniques and technologies and build on professional portfolios of design work.

The World of WearableArt Awards offer not only prize money (a total prize pool of NZ$187,500) but also profile and promotion of your work, networking opportunities, and access to exclusive internships and residencies. Whether you’re entering to progress yourself professionally or simply looking for a creative challenge, WOW is a wonderful platform to push the limits of your imagination and creativity.

Entries are now open for the 2020 Competition, bring us the world of your imagination: https://www.worldofwearableart.com/competition/ 

 

Our Education Partners

Below you will find our official education partners, tertiary institutes from around the world who we work closely with to help promote this design opportunity to their students.

For more information about how we work with tertiary institutes please contact: Competition & Business Affairs Manager, Kat Sprowell

Auckland University of Technology

Donghua University Fashion Design Council of India Pratt Institute

 

Hong Kong Design Institute

Massey University London College of Fashion Shih Chien University –
Department of Fashion Design & Merchandising
Shih Chien University –
Department of Fashion Styling & Communication

 

Find out more about our relationships with Donghua University and Hong Kong Design Institute by clicking the images below:

 

Student entries in the Competition

Each year we love to see students creating form and structure in inventive ways through research and collaboration and are inspired by students exploring new materials and implementing innovative methods to design garments that explore the connection between fashion and art.

In the 2019 Awards Competition there were 21 student entries among the finalists representing 12 tertiary institutions from New Zealand and around the world! Many of the international student finalists (and a number of their tutors) travelled to Wellington, New Zealand from around the world and were able to witness the excitement of Awards Week first-hand, connect with peers and industry professionals, see the work of other finalist designers, attend a range of designer events that we hosted and of course, be present for the highly anticipated Awards Night and the 2019 Awards Ceremony.

The winner of the 2019 Student Innovation Award was Walk All Over Me created by Louise Dyhrfort from the Royal College of Art, United Kingdom. 

 

2018 World of WearableArt Awards Competition – Student Innovation Award

The winner of the 2018 Student Innovation Award was Shell, Zhang Qiyao, Donghua University, China (featured right). Shell was a finalist garment in the Avant-garde Section and was an entry that the judges thought captured a modern silhouette, presenting a unique, fresh form. 

The 2018 Student Innovation Award Runner-up was presented to Under the Skin, Louise Byford, London College of Fashion, United Kingdom (2018 Under the Microscope Section).

 

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