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2018 WOW Design Competition (World of WearableArt)

January 6, 2018


Designers must be 18+ as of March 28, 2018. Design teams can consist of no more than three designers. To be eligible for the Student Innovation Award, all members of a design team must be current tertiary students or have graduated within the 12 months before 28 March 2018.


The World of WearableArt Awards Show is an international design competition based in New Zealand, bringing artists and designers together to compete in one of the world’s richest prize pools in the wearable art genre.

Entries are judged based on their originality, creativity, innovation and construction. An entry selected for the show will go through a process of three judgings to determine the winning garments. A garment must be an original concept designed and created by the designer(s).

All entries must be wearable, that is, able to be worn on the human body.

Avant-garde: Collision between art and fashion. Take us somewhere we haven’t been. A world that is experimental, radical and unorthodox. Dare to defy the boundaries of fashion and create a work that is unique and innovative, rejecting the ordinary and nurturing originality.

Aotearoa: Expressing our way of life. New Zealand has its own deep sense of place.Draw on that to celebrate who we are as peoples and what makes us proud. From our rich cultures to our landscapes, our independence to our inventions, show us New Zealand and New Zealanders as you see us.

Reflective Surfaces: Catch our eye, make us catch our breath. The joy of light brought to life. Create a work of art that adorns the body and plays with light and shine. Consider everyday items, plastics, metals, fabrics, mirrors… materials that glimmer, sparkle and glow.

Under the Microscope: Defying the limits of our vision. Take us into the world of trillions:places where populations that stagger the mind gather, thrive, compete. Enter into this unforeseen invisible universe and ignite your imagination.Show us the gorgeous or grotesque. A world that is full of creative possibilities, surreal, freaky and insanely beautiful.

Open: Explore without boundaries. Open is a world where there are no boundaries, themes or rules, giving you complete creative freedom to explore. The only limit is your imagination. Concept, construction, materials – it’s all up to you. Defy. Define. Delight.

Bizarre Bra: Hidden no longer. Bring it out, make it shine, give it new meaning, show us its potential – so that we see something we thought we knew so well in completely different lights. A wonderful opportunity to bring creativity and wit to a mainstay of modern living.


Deadline: March 28, 2018


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