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Be inspired by the Open Section in the 2021 World of WearableArt Awards. On this page you’ll find a set of resources we have put together to inspire and provide a jumping-off point for your 2021 entry. 


WOW rewards the curious, the courageous and those who are passionate enough to stand in the face of self-doubt and embrace creativity no matter the cost.

– Dame Suzie Moncrieff, WOW Founder




Explore the limits of your imagination and create with no boundaries for the 2021 World of WearableArt Awards with the Open Section. Tell a story through your design and create something that challenges the conventional. Focus on originality, authenticity and artistry when developing your garment, and consider your construction and choice of materials.

Bring us the extraordinary.

Find out more about what the judges are looking for in a World of WearableArt garment here: What are the judges looking for?

– Heather Palmer, Competition Director




Previous entries:

We see incredible garments each year in the World of WearableArt Awards that defy creative expectations. Be inspired by the creations below but remember the judges are looking for a garment that will surprise them and demonstrates design from a fresh perspective that they haven’t seen before.


Refuse Refuge
Flow of Creation

Grace DuVal
United States


2017 Science Fiction Section

Fenella Fenton & Jeff Thomson
New Zealand


2013 Open Section Winner

Kirsten Fletcher


2015 Open Section Third


Brighter Side of Pail
Ajaw Eamanom
222 Buckle Belts

Julie Brawley
New Zealand


2016 Creative Excellence Section Second

David Walker
United States

2018 Open Section Third

Annina Gull

2017 Open Section


Feeling inspired? What’s your next step?