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Finalists Announced in the 2023 World of WearableArt™ Competition

World of WearableArt


The 33rd iteration of the world-renowned World of WearableArt™ (WOW) Show is set to be one of the biggest, boldest, and brightest yet, with the announcement today of a whopping 120 designers from 22 countries. The futuristic 2023 World of WearableArt™ Show: BEYOND features the return of the beloved WOW category, Bizarre Bra, unleashes a huge cast of spectacular performers, and sees the TSB Arena dripping in Gold in this year’s feature section of the same name.

The global wearable art competition provides a unique opportunity for its finalist designers, many of whom prepare for years to be included in the line-up. The breathtaking stage show, which unites art, dance, aerial performance, music, and mind-blowing stage design and effects, delivers an experience like no other for audiences.

More than $185,000 of awards and prizes are up for grabs in 2023, across three recurring sections, Aotearoa, Avant-garde and Open, and three additional sections, Mars and Beyond, Gold, and the iconic Bizarre Bra.

“Once again we find ourselves in awe at the level of creative ingenuity, craftmanship and pure inventiveness that designers bring to the WOW Competition,” says WOW Head of Competition Sarah Nathan.

“In the 2023 WOW Show: BEYOND audiences will see a mind-bending array of materials ranging from potato bags, shoe rubber, bees wax, latex and bamboo, to drone waste, Barbie dolls, children’s sweets, keyboards and synthetic hair!

“This year’s finalists also provide moments of reflection and conversation as they present back to us some of the most pressing global issues of our time. Fast fashion waste, mental health, women’s empowerment, climate change and online bullying are all conveyed through the most extraordinary creations of wearable art,” Nathan says.

The finalists will go through two further stages of judging, in which they are assessed on stage, before the winners are announced at the 2023 WOW Show Awards Night on Friday 22 September at TSB Arena.

The 2023 judging panel comprises WOW Founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff; Aotearoa New Zealand sculptor and Arts Foundation Laureate Brett Graham (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Tainui); partner, designer and Director of WORLD Benny Castles; and Wētā Workshop Emerging Designer Award Judge – co-founder, CEO and Creative Director of Wētā Workshop, Sir Richard Taylor.

Head Judge Dame Suzie Moncrieff says, “It has been both an honour and a privilege to view the incredible works of wearable art presented over judging weekend. I was most impressed by the high standard and originality of each entry.”

The 2022 WOW Show was the most-attended to date, with an audience of nearly 64,000 people from across the country and the world. The event generated a gross economic benefit to the Te Ūpoko O Te Ika A Maui / Wellington region of over $30 million.

This year’s season is set to be another unmissable event, Nathan says.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the coming-together of finalist designers' genius and the fantastical vision of the WOW creative team is going to provide the most spectacular WOW yet. I have been warning all my friends – be prepared to have your mind blown, and if you haven't got your tickets yet, run!”

WOW 2023 takes up residence in the TSB Arena in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington, from 20 September to 8 October 2023. Due to overwhelming demand, an additional performance has recently been released, on Tuesday 3 October.

Tickets are now on sale now at

2023 Competition Finalist Designers

Alexandra Zvi

Denise Lamby

Jill Perry

Lynnette Griffiths

Marion Gaemers

Rob Douma

Samantha Anderson

Sasha Wisniowski


Grandy C


Ayikaili Qigesi

Dongdong Zhang


Nera Gržin


Marine Arnoul

Hong Kong

Eva Chan

Karin Chiu

Lau Siu San

Choy Yuk Nga


Virág Kerényi


Abhishek Chauhan

Akhilesh Gupta

Dimple Gandhi

Kavya Kathuria

Srisha Arya


Fatemeh Delkhah

Sarvenaz Omidi


Chiaki Shimizu


Julija Frodina

Migle Janusaite


Marianne van Heeswijk

Saar Snoek

New Zealand

Ashley Scott

Ben Ng-Wai Shing

Betty Ross

Brett Linton

Carena West

Carolyn Gibson

Carolyn Laing

Christine Wingels

Christopher Davis

Craig McMillan

David Kirkpatrick

Deborah Bassett

Dylan Mulder

Erna Van Der Wat

Felicity Bruce

Fifi Colston

Georgia Chalmers-Jones

Gill Saunders

Harvey Linton

Holly Neilson

Jackie Butterworth

Jenna Gollop

Jenny Jack

Jenny Sutton

Jill Benson

Jo Marie Odgers

Joanne Smith

Joelle March

Juliette Thomson

Justine Clayton-Smith

Karen Gurney

Katherine Bertram

Keith Marshall

Kelsey Roderick

Keryn Whitney

Kim Strange

Kristy Kirkpatrick

Lisa Thrower

Lisa Vanin

Louisa Paterson

Lynda O'Rorke

Lyndal Linton

Marianna Rademeyer

Marie Wright

Noriko Noda

Oliver Cain

Paul Strange

Paula Jackson

Peter Wakeman

Rebecca Bond

Rebecca Smith

Rhys Richards

Ruth Arkless

Sacha Mail

Sandra Douglas

Shelley Scott

Sophie Jones

Taralee Freeman

Tracey Vickers

Trudy Fowler

Ula Rademeyer

Vicky Robertson

Zach McDonald-Wright


Carla Zhang


Jagoda Matecka

Zofia Brunarska


Antoaneta Tica

South Africa

Joanne Van Wyk

Lena Van Der Wat

Giancarlo Bello


Cathy, Sin Wei Chow


Anna Zigel

Pavlo Blinov

United Kingdom

Jessie Curry

Juliet Dodson

Nikola Carouso

United States

Becky Bodurtha

Celia Ledon

Connie Strayer

Dawn Mostow

Deborah Carter

Elzi Thomas

Galina Mihaleva

Grace DuVal

Liam Fay

Lynn Christiansen

Sean Purucker

Shiree Houf

Snow Winters

Susan Avila


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