The incredible World of WearableArt Awards (WOW) Show is held annually in Wellington every September/October for a three-week season.
The garments that take the stage are made from every conceivable material including rope, rubber, feathers, plastic and latex. The designers' creations bought to life in this spectacular, highly choreographed theatre production with sophisticated lighting and stage technology. The World of WearableArt Awards Competition attracts hundreds of designers from New Zealand and overseas, some from prestigious creative fields including film, fashion and art while others are amateurs.
There are 34 prestigious awards to be won and a total of $187,500 in prize money. There are also three residencies on offer as prizes, an Invited Artisan Award with international circus and theatre group Cirque du Soleil in Montreal, an Emerging Designer Award at Weta Workshop in Wellington and new for 2019 the Residency Experience Award in Los Angeles. With three rounds of intensive judging, the panel of judges evaluate each garment based on its originality, creativity, innovation and construction. While the designers remain anonymous, the judges are given the name of the garment and a brief on its inspiration.