One of New Zealand’s cultural success stories over the past 28 years is the spectacular World of WearableArt® or WOW®. At the core of WOW® is an international design competition that attracts hundreds of entries from all over the world. The annual Awards Show presents the finalist garments in a theatrical extravaganza that collides at the intersection of fashion and art.
This unique event, draws an audience to Wellington of 55,000 people every year and has encouraged an explosion of creative activity, inspiring a wide range of fashion designers, artists, costume-makers and other to enter the World of WearableArt® Awards.
The range of garments produced for the event is simply breath taking, as the rules of competition mean that anything that is in any way wearable can find a place on stage, as long as it is original, beautifully designed and well-made. This also results in garments that are constructed from an extraordinary array of materials.
WOW®, in partnership with the New Zealand Government, is presenting an international touring exhibition that showcases the very best of the WOW® permanent collection