WOW - World of WearableArt

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National WOW Museum and Nelson Classic Car Collection

The National WOW 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, Six Worlds of WOW, showcasing finalist garments from the 2017 WOW Awards Show. The exhibition allows visitors to examine the garments in detail. The exhibition also features audio-visual from this year’s Show as well as historical film material from previous Shows.

The Nelson 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. 

Six Worlds of WOW 2017

Six Worlds of WOW 2017 invites you to enter the wondrous worlds of WOW and celebrate the infinite possibilities of creativity. 

Open to the public from Friday 8 December 2017, Six Worlds of WOW  is the National WOW Museum’s exhibition of finalist garments from the 2017 WOW Awards Show. 

Featuring more than 50 stunning creations, by 60 designers from 11 countries, this exhibition is the best way to truly appreciate the skill and detailing of the garments. 

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. As is the case every year, the designers in the 2017 competition came from all walks of life, ranging from fashion designers and artists, to a realtor, an orchardist and two welders; the competition attracted international attention with finalist garments from 13 countries around the world. 

The Six Worlds of WOW features many of the award-winning garments from the 2017 competition, including the winner of the 2017 Supreme WOW Award, Encapsulate by Rinaldy Yunardi (Indonesia); the Runner-Up to the Supreme WOW Award, Refuse Refuge by Grace DuVal (United States), made entirely of recycled bicycle tyres and spokes; and the winner of the Dame Suzie Moncrieff Award, 222 Buckle Belts by Annina Gull (Switzerland), chosen by Dame Suzie as the garment that best captures the WOW spirit. 

The title of the exhibition, Six Worlds of WOW, refers to the six sections within the competition. Three remain constant from year-to-year – Open, Aotearoa and Avant-garde – with three sections unique to 2017; Red, Illumination Illusion and Science Fiction. 

Six Worlds of WOW is a unique opportunity to step into our world.

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 & 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 WOW store features a tempting selection of locally crafted jewellery, ceramics, textiles, gifts and books alongside an exclusive range of WOW and Classic Cars souvenirs. 

For more information on the international exhibition please contact:

Ali Boswijk, Head of International and Business Development.


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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