World of Wearableart™ Announce 103 Finalists
World of Wearableart™ Announce 103 Finalists From Around the World
World of WearableArt™ (WOW®) has confirmed that 103 finalist garments by 121 designers from 14 countries around the world will compete for the 2017 Awards. The finalist garments will be showcased in the WOW Awards Show in Wellington from 21 September to 8 October 2017.
Now in its 29th year, WOW’s combination of an international design competition inside a spectacular stage production is New Zealand’s single largest annual theatrical production and a must-see event for close to 60,000 people every year.
WOW Chief Executive Gisella Carr says, “WOW’s international reach is becoming more and more evident, something we’ve worked hard to achieve, while at the same time retaining its unique New Zealand heart. Each year, WOW continues to attract an exciting number and range of designers due to the high awareness of the WOW brand, designers’ own networks, and WOW’s work with tertiary institutions around the globe. Many people may not realise just how many of our international designers come to Wellington in September, taking part in WOW’s Designer Programme, and further strengthening WOW’s international network.
“We encourage and celebrate a huge range of diversity in our designers, from those with professional training and careers, to those who start with a gem of an idea, and have the courage, tenacity and sheer determination to create something extraordinary outside of their own field. On stage, we see the work of international fashion designers, artists from the creative and industrial sectors, alongside students and first-time enthusiasts. This incredible cross-section of entrants is not only reflected in how the garments look, but also in their materials and construction, with every year bringing explorations into new techniques.”
The 103 finalist garments will now compete for awards across six sections: three recurrent sections – Aotearoa New Zealand, Open and Avant-Garde; and three sections with design briefs specific to 2017 – Red, Illumination Illusion: Float, Fly, Flow, and Weta Workshop Costume & Film: Science Fiction.
For WOW 2017 Show Director Kip Chapman, the first round of judging was also the first opportunity for him to see the 2017 finalists, “Now that I’ve seen all the garments, it’s absolutely ‘game on’ time! Each WOW Show must be completely unique and needs more than a year in the planning. My creative team has been working alongside the production team on the staging, lighting and music, and how the overall show will look since before last year’s show closed. And now, finally, I have my cast of incredible garments. Bringing all the components together is like an enormous puzzle, and I know the 2017 show is going to be amazing. I can’t wait for opening night!”
The first round of judging by WOW’s 2017 competition judges Dame Suzie Moncrieff, fashion designer and artist Kerrie Hughes and artist Michel Tuffery took place at the National WOW Museum in Nelson from 7-9 July 2017. The finalist garments will now go through two further stages of judging, where they are assessed on stage, in motion. At this point the judging panel will be joined by Sir Richard Taylor from Weta Workshop and Valérie Desjardins from Cirque du Soleil, who will judge specific sections and awards. The finalists will be seen in performance by the public at the WOW Awards Show from 21 September to 8 October 2017 before they move to the National WOW Museum for an exhibition, opening in December 2017.
Of the 103 finalist garments, 48 are by 61 New Zealand designers, working as individuals or in collaboration.
(7 finalist garments)
Glenys Mann, Sue Coppock & Libby Witchell
R. R. Pascoe
Sarah Seahorse & Luna Aquatica
Svenja (2 entries)
China (7 finalist
Xuancheng Liu & Chang Xu
Hong Kong (4 finalist
Tsz Ching Kam
Wing Yan Ng
Hei Man Sham
Ka Lam Tam
(5 finalist garments)
Sandip Jaiswal & Ashish Anand
Shantanu Singh & Aryaman Vishnu
Rinaldy Yunardi (2 entries)
Malaysia (1 finalist
Chin San Sze
Netherlands (4 finalist
Elvira ‘t Hart (2 entries)
New Zealand (48
Auckland Ian Bernhard
(13) Alana Braddon-Parsons, Sophie Smythe & Sarah Cooper-Slee
Amabel Hunting, Diana Albarran Gonzalez & Anke Nienhuis
Luiz Fernando Sereno Penna
Ingrid Worrall, Kelly Rose Leece & Sophie McIntyre
Bay of Plenty Jo Marie Odgers
Canterbury Janice Elliott
(5) Natasha English & Tatyanna Meharry
Hawke’s Bay Keryn Whitney
Marlborough Helen Millen
Nelson / Tasman Sue Cederman
(4) Martin de Ruyter, Karen Stade & Troy Stade
Toy Murchie & Kas Muller
Mike Ward & Jonty Ward
Northland Noriko Noda
Otago Debbie Paton
Manawatu-Wanganui Jennie Munro
Waikato Jenny Jack (2 garments)
Wellington Rebecca Bond
(14) Maree Booth
Ross Hardie & Rachel Hardie
Amelia Taverner & Eleanor Beeden
Marie Wright & Taralee Freeman
West Coast Craig McMillan
Singapore (3 finalist
Galina Mihaleva (3 entries)
Spain (1 finalist garment)
Taiwan (4 finalist
Yi-Ting Hsieh, Yi-Ting Lai & Pei-Chen Liao (2 entries)
Chia Li Hong
United Kingdom (6 finalist
Gayane Arzumanova & Yui Jiang
Liam Brandon Murray
Maria Tsopanaki & Dimitri Mavinis
United States (10 finalist
Ben Gould & Dawn Mostow
Dawn Mostow & Lana Crooks
Baroness Varcra III
Michelle Yeager & Tim Merz
The 2017 WOW Awards Sections
• Aotearoa New Zealand is inspired by New Zealand’s rich Māori culture and celebrates this extraordinary part of the world. It’s about the power of the land, the spirit of this place, the diverse cultures who live here, and the influence these forces have on design and creativity.
• Open has no thematic boundaries and gives designers complete freedom in concept, construction and materials. This section encourages a high degree of originality and innovation.
• Avant Garde is for wearable work of arts that are revolutionary, extravagant and extroverted, but still stylish and made with skill.
• Red celebrates the colour of extremes. Red is intense, packed with emotion ranging from passionate love to violence and warfare. Red is Cupid and the Devil, blood and fire. It can be joyous and delicate or powerful and cruel. All visible surface materials of the garment must be the colour red.
• Illumination Illusion: Float, Fly, Flow uses the magic and illusion of UV lighting, so that the garments appear to float, fly, and flow through the space above the stage.
• Weta Workshop Costume & Film: Science Fiction is the opportunity to imagine the thousands of other worlds that could reside in the universe and the entities who dwell there. This is the space for extraterrestrials and futuristic beings.
WOW Key Dates:
7-9 July First judging
18 July Finalist Garments announced
3-20 September Second judging, and Final judging
21 September Opening night
22 September Awards night
8 October Closing night
Tickets on sale now at www.worldofwearableart.com