WOW - World of WearableArt

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1 Cadillac Way, Nelson, New Zealand 
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World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum

The Museum showcases two very distinct collections that collide in a celebration of design, innovation and wonder. Where else in the world can you see a stunning selection of more than 50 wearable art garments, alongside more than 140 veteran, vintage and classic cars? 

The World of WearableArt is a testament to the imagination, with the current exhibition, 2018 World of WearableArt Exhibition showcasing finalist garments from the 2018 WOW Awards Show. The exhibition allows visitors to examine the garments in detail. The exhibition also features audio-visual from the 30th Anniversary Show in 2018. The Classic Car Collection displays a stunning range of cars dating from 1908, all in immaculate condition. 

Together the wearable art and collectible cars epitomise the very heart of WOW – exploding the boundaries of design so that creativity and invention can thrive in a world of limitless possibilities. 

The 2018 World of WearableArt Exhibition 

The World of WearableArt invites you to enter the wondrous worlds of WOW and celebrate the infinite possibilities of creativity. 

Open to the public from Friday 30 November 2018, the latest exhibition at the National WOW Museum includes finalist garments from the 2018 WOW Awards Show, our 30th anniversary show.

The 2018 WOW Awards Show showcased 140 garments, by 147 designers from 17 countries. This exhibition features over 60 of these stunning creations and is the best way to truly appreciate the skill and detailing of the garments. 

Journey with us through the six worlds of WOW 2018; Avant-garde, Aotearoa, Open, Reflective Surfaces, Bizarre Bra & Under the Microscope.

The exhibition epitomises the heart of WOW – that anyone can enter the competition, as long as they can meet the challenge to create a piece of wearable art that is original, innovative and truly exceptional. 

Garment credit: Underling, Gillian Saunders, New Zealand (2018)

Nelson Classic Car Collection

The car is undeniably a big part of our lives. The changes within the automotive industry in the last 100 years reflect the changes in society as a whole. Fashions, trends, experiments, advancements, indulgences, from veteran and vintage through to the classic – these are all reflected in the Nelson Classic Car Collection. 

100 Years of Motoring showcases an eclectic, world-class private collection that is one of Australasia’s largest. The Collection celebrates the art of motoring, showing how the car is intrinsic to changing times, technology and events. It contains some of the moust sought-after models in classic motoring, presented at the highest standard. 

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Cafe & Retail Store

Opened in 2001, the Museum now welcomes more than 40,000 local and international visitors each year. In its bespoke building in one of New Zealand’s most charmed cities, the WOW Museum is the perfect destination for design enlightenment. There is also the WOW cafe, with its superb selection of daily-fresh fine food and excellent locally-roasted coffee, which can be enjoyed inside or out beside a tranquil pool. 

The Retail Store features a tempting selection of locally crafted jewellery, ceramics, textiles, gifts and books alongside an exclusive range of World of WearableArt Awards Show and Classic Cars souvenirs. 

For more information on the international exhibition please contact:

Sally Florance:


Exhibition Details

32 award-winning garments from the permanent WOW collection

Interpretive material

Integrated audio visual presentation

Interactive workroom with touch screen technology

Education resources

Designer floor talks by arrangement

Exhibition catalogue

Exhibition merchandise available

Space required 500m2–800m2 (5000 square feet–8000 square feet)

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