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2020 World of WearableArt Awards Show 
24 September – 11 October | Wellington


We appreciate you may be wondering whether the current COVID-19 situation is impacting on plans for the 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Show. 

We wanted to let you know that we are continuing as usual creating an incredible show for later this year (24 September – 11 October). We are of course monitoring the situation closely and will, throughout the weeks and months ahead, take advice and act with due care and responsibility when making decision. In the unlikely event that the show is postponed to the following year, please purchase show tickets with confidence knowing that World of WearableArt would either offer you the opportunity to transfer your tickets to that show or refund the value of your show tickets. 

If you have any queries please email us:

‘One blink, and magic is missed.’

The World of WearableArt (WOW) Show is New Zealand’s single largest theatrical production and a not-to-be-missed annual event for an audience of around 60,000 people. At the heart of each theatrical spectacular is a coveted competition for designers across the world working in radical and innovative ways in the mediums of fashion, art, design and costume. Their incredible works of wearable art come to life on stage as part of the six different worlds that make up each year’s WOW Show.

In 2020, Show Director Malia Johnston is back, teaming up with more creatives and guest artists than ever before who are crafting a show which will be a true explosion of multiple artforms. Expect to journey through a world inspired by the Elizabethan Era, find yourself mesmerised as the stage explodes in a visual symphony of colour in the Monochromatic world, and be amazed as we see the human body used as an architectural canvas in the Architecture Section. Sitting alongside these worlds are three other distinct sections: Avant-garde, Aotearoa and Open. This year, enter another world and lose yourself in the unmissable 2020 WOW Show.

Performance Dates & Times

24 Sep 7:30pm Opening Night!
25 Sep 7:30pm Awards Night*
26 Sep 7:30pm
27 Sep 5pm
1 Oct 7:30pm
2 Oct 7:30pm
3 Oct 1:30pm 7:30pm
4 Oct 1:30pm 7:30pm
7 Oct 7:30pm
8 Oct 7:30pm
9 Oct 7:30pm
10 Oct 1:30pm 7:30pm
11 Oct 1:30pm Final Show

The 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Show will take place at the TSB Arena, Wellington, New Zealand. The Show will be approximately 1 hour 45 mins and there will be no intermission. 

*Awards Night (Friday 25 September) will include the 2020 Awards Ceremony (approx. 40mins) immediately after the performance. This is when the winners of the Competition will be announced live. On all performances following the Awards Night, there will be a short AV projection (approx. 10mins) at the end of the show listing the 2020 award-winning garments. The only night where there is no awards information provided is the Opening Night performance. 

 For more information read our blog post on choosing which performance would be best for you.

Please note the change in start times from previous WOW Awards Shows.

2020 Ticket Prices

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Please note: Individual Table Seats are available on Friday 2 October (7.30pm) and Friday 9 October (7.30pm) only. For more information please scroll down to VIP Tables & Hosting Opportunities.

VIP Tables & Hosting Opportunities

As a VIP-hosting opportunity World of WearableArt cannot be matched! Whether you’re planning a standout experience for your most valued clients, an opportunity to thank your employees or want to celebrate a special occasion, our WOW VIP Tables are a unique and truly unforgettable experience. 

Click here to download our VIP Table and Hosting info PDF.


To book your VIP Table, individual table seats or VIP Lounge experience email our Hosting Coordinator, Ronda by clicking the button below. 

Please note: These experiences cannot be booked through our ticketing system and you must email Ronda directly.

One of the best nights ever! (We’re) coming back again next year … honestly why would you not. Compliments to the chefs, the food was outstanding!

– Kirsten, Asteron Life

Our 2020 VIP Tables are available on the following dates:

24 Sep 5:45pm Opening Night
25 Sep 5:45pm Awards Night | SOLD OUT
1 Oct 5:45pm
2 Oct 5:45pm Individual Table Seats Available
9 Oct 5:45pm Individual Table Seats Available

Please note: The times listed above indicate the requested arrival time at the Show venue.


A WOW VIP Table includes:

  • Seating for 10 guests
  • Bubbles on arrival
  • Pre-Show three-course gourmet meal
  • A selection of wines and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Stage-side seating for the WOW Awards Show
  • A 2020 WOW Souvenir Programme for each guest


Sarah Searancke Catering are one of Wellington’s leading catering operations and have created a delectable and truly WOW three-course gourmet meal to top off this unique VIP experience.

Click below to see this year’s exclusive menus; a standard option (pictured above), and an alternative menu – an entirely gluten and dairy free, vegetarian delight!

Please note: If you have food allergies or want to inquire further about our menu options, please don’t hesitate to contact Hosting Coordinator, Ronda, at

VIP Lounge

Bring everyone together with a pre-Show hosting experience for you and your guests in the private VIP Lounge.

The WOW VIP Lounge is available on the following dates: 

1 Oct 6pm
2 Oct 6pm
3 Oct 12pm 6pm
4 Oct 12pm 6pm
7 Oct 6pm
8 Oct 6pm
9 Oct 6pm
10 Oct 12pm 6pm

The WOW VIP Lounge includes:

  • A selection of delicious canapes and refreshments
  • Optional welcome greeting and exclusive Show briefing from a key World of WearableArt team member
  • Capacity for 20-50 pax

VIP Table

$4100 plus GST

Individual Table Seat

$449 incl. GST

VIP Lounge

$99 plus GST (per person)

For more information, to contact us directly and to book now simply click the button below!

2020 WOW Souvenir Programme

Take home a piece of the magic with the 2020 WOW Souvenir Programme. The Souvenir Programme is the perfect companion to the 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Show; learn more about every one of this year’s breath-taking garment entries in the competition with imagery and information of the full collection of finalist garments, learn about the journey that happens before the doors open with insights from the 2020 Creative Team, and learn more about the many wonderful worlds of WOW.

This beautiful guide is more than a show programme, it is over 70 pages of energy and creativity to match what you’ll see come to life on stage and provides insights that will enhance your experience even more. Secure your copy when you book your tickets and then collect on arrival at the show venue. 

Top tip: Purchase Platinum Seats to have your Souvenir Programme included in your order! All Platinum Seats include a Souvenir Programme ($25.00) so no need to add-on separately. So not only will you get some of the very best seats in the house but everyone in your group gets their own Programme to avoid squabbling over one to share!


2020 Souvenir Programme


WOW Picnic

Complete your experience with a WOW Picnic that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own seat. Featuring delicious gourmet treats created by Sarah Searancke Catering, purchase your WOW Picnic today and then collect on arrival at the Show. Each WOW Picnic includes a bottle of water and your choice of refreshment.

An alternative menu option catering to various dietary requirements is also available.

View available menus here. (Standard Picnic pictured below)

Please note: WOW Picnics are not available to purchase at the Show and must be ordered at least 3 days in advance.


WOW Dessert

(Tasting Plate for One)

Already made dinner plans but would like to enjoy a sweet treat at the Show? Featuring delicious treats created by Sarah Searancke Catering, purchase your WOW Dessert today and then collection on arrival at the Show. Each WOW Dessert includes a bottle of water.

View available menu here. (Pictured below)

Please note: WOW Desserts are not available to purchase at the Show and must be ordered at least 3 days in advance.

Please note: WOW Picnic and WOW Dessert contents are subject to change. 

WOW Picnic


WOW Dessert



Below you will find a selection of Frequently Asked Questions, please have a look to see if your question has already been addressed and get in touch with us directly if you still require more information.









The World of WearableArt Awards Show takes place in the Coolest Little Capital: Wellington, New Zealand! It takes a great city to make an amazing WOW experience and every year Wellington lights up with WOW. Known for its vibrant arts scene and world class cafe and restaurant culture, it’s easy to see why WOW and Wellington make such a great match!

Start planning your trip and make the most of your #WellyLovesWOW experience at


Show Venue:


Getting here:

Travelling to Wellington from out of town? Take a scenic journey on the Interislander from the South Island, or travel down the North Island on the Northern Explorer with The Great Journeys of New Zealand, major partner of World of WearableArt.

In 2020 we’re proud to announce that The Great Journeys of New Zealand and World of WearableArt have created two special packages that include travel, accommodation and tickets for the WOW Awards Show. For further information and to book please click on one of the packages below.

Packages from Auckland Packages from Christchurch




Discover the beauty of Wellington Harbour, the Cook Strait and the spectacular Marlborough Sounds as you sail between Picton and Wellington on the Interislander Cook Strait Ferry, one of the most scenic ferry journeys in the world.

Northern Explorer

Experience the extremes of New Zealand’s scenery, from the fertile farmlands of Waikato to the volcanic peaks of the Central Plateau and the sparkling Kapiti coast. New Zealand’s longest running passenger service, the Northern Explorer is a long distance scenic train service running between Auckland and Wellington.

Wellington accommodation:

Looking for somewhere to stay for your 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Show experience? Check out what’s on offer from our accommodation partners: InterContinental Wellington and QT Wellington. These two incredible properties are not only conveniently located, allowing you to make the most of your time in Wellington, they also have onsite restaurants and facilities to make your stay one to remember.


InterContinental Wellington

Adjacent to Wellington’s waterfront, InterContinental Wellington is a global five-star hotel located in the heart of Wellington city. It is the seamless and personal service that makes InterContinental Wellington the best luxury in Wellington.


QT Wellington

Fall down the rabbit hole into an explosion of colour and texture at Wellington’s design-driven Hotel, QT Wellington. The walls host a curated collection of high & low-brow art sitting in a stunning harbourside location & engulfed by vines of vivid ivy. Art, design, curiosities and a dash of the absurd.

What were you saying about the 2019 WOW Awards Show?

“It’s insane! The whole experience was just out of this world. It’s like beyond imagination.”


“It is the most incredible, amazing spectacle you will ever see! It is just indescribable.”


“This was one of the most unique shows I’ve seen. Thank you for a fantastic experience. My daughter barely waited for the end of the show to eagerly ask if we could return next year!”


“Thank you for a dream night out. Brilliant world class show. Extraordinarily superb.”

2019 Award Winners

At the heart of World of WearableArt is the internationally renowned Awards Competition. This year works of wearable art were submitted from 43 countries and regions into the Competition, in July – at First Judging – an incredible 108 garments created by 115 designers representing 22 countries and regions were selected as finalists.

These outstanding finalist garments came to life on stage during the three week show season in front of an audience of around 60,000 who travelled from across New Zealand and from around the world to escape the everyday and experience the magic of the WOW Awards Show. At the 2019 Awards Ceremony, on Friday 27 September, thirty-four Awards were presented to 21 designers from nine countries.

2019 Supreme WOW Award Winner

The 2019 Supreme WOW Award winner was The Lady Warrior by Rinaldy Yunardi of Jakarta, Indonesia. Rinaldy created The Lady Warrior with the toughest warrior of all in mind – the woman. The Lady Warrior plays the role of daughter, wife and mother. She is about inner strength rather than brute physical strength.

“I used various mediums of materials to represent different elements of The Lady Warrior. Recycled paper made into rope and woven tightly together represents humanity and inner strength built from her experiences – she was born vulnerable but with life experiences she has strengthened and become strong”




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