World of WearableArt (WOW) is an internationally renowned design competition that attracts entries from over 40 countries each year. Anything that is wearable art can find a place on the stage, as long as it is original, innovative and well executed.
For three weeks every year, WOW showcases the best of these creations in a spectacular show that takes over New Zealand’s vibrant capital city of Wellington in an explosion of creativity. This year 60,000 people will see the show.
For designers, WOW offers not only prize money but also profile and promotion of your work, networking opportunities, and access to exclusive internships and residencies.
Whether you’re entering to progress yourself professionally or simply looking for a creative challenge, WOW is a wonderful platform to push the limits of your imagination and creativity.
Sections & Judging
The 2019 worlds of WOW
Each year we ask designers to be inspired by one of the six worlds that will make up the World of WearableArt Awards. There are three recurring Sections; Aotearoa, Avant-garde and Open, and three Sections that are unique to that year.
Go on a journey like no other and be inspired by the 2019 worlds of WOW:
The Judging Process
Each year, finalist garments are selected through three rounds of closed judging.
The judging panel comprises of WOW Founder and Resident Judge, Dame Suzie Moncrieff, and two guests judges, from the worlds of art and fashion, who are invited to be part of the panel.
For the 2018 World of WearableArt Awards we were honoured to be joined by Creative Director of iconic New Zealand fashion label, NOM*d, Margarita Robertson, Art Director and Business Development Manager with Weta Workshop, Sam Gao, Weta Workshop Co-founder and CEO Sir Richard Taylor, Cirque du Soleil’s Nathalie Bouchard and International Guest judge Mary Wing To.
Awards & Prizes
The 2019 World of WearableArt Awards offer $187,500 in prize money. All prizes below are in New Zealand dollars.
How to Enter
Anyone intending to enter the World of WearableArt Awards must first register to receive a unique designer number. This number is generated by our database and will be required to complete the online entry process.
Your designer number stays the same every year and you are not required to register again.
Please note: registering as a designer is not the same as actually submitting an entry for the competition (see below).
The online entry process for the World of WearableArt Awards consists of three steps. Read more about each step in detail and what is required for the online entry process below.