April 13, 2017
We all love a dress-up but there's something thrilling and amusing about the World of Wearable Art and the international competition staged in Wellington, New Zealand each year. It's as if the concept of haute couture is poked, prodded and flipped on its head (or rammed where the sun don't shine).
Designers from the worlds of architecture, art, theatre, jewellery making, textile and fabrics and industrial crafting are united by the challenge to construct without commercial constraint.
The opportunity for innovation and invention is irresistible to an enormous band of entrants worldwide. The show and tell takes place on a giant runway complete with an extravagant lighting and sound display. Not too far removed from catwalk, but OMG the outfits...
The rest of Wellington retail outlets show their support by proudly displaying entries in shop frontages, and a few premium entries make the foyer of the world renowned Te Papa Museum on the Wellington foreshore.
In Aotearoa, the competition has become an institution and this year celebrates 30 years since its inception in Nelson, when an audience of 200 gathered as part of an art gallery promotion. The idea for the exhibition arose when Nelson painter and sculptor Suzy Moncrieff, proposed that art could be ripped off the walls and shamelessly worn.
Categories for 2017 include Open, Avant Garde, Aotearoa New Zealand, Weta Workshop Costume and Film, Illumination Illusion and Red. Go for it, September is still awhile away. For more information and ticket purchases, check out the WOW website. All images courtesy of Pinterest.
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