All the garments on display have performed on stage in the annual World of WearableArt™ Awards. The magical experience of the annual WOW® Awards show is brilliantly translated to the gallery setting by the use of superb music, specially sequenced lighting and a cleverly introduced element of movement. Here you will truly appreciate the intricate detailing of these incredible creations up close.
From humble beginnings in 1987 as a promotion for a rural art gallery in Nelson, New Zealand, few would have imagined how this ingenious idea would develop into an icon of New Zealand creativity. This fresh idea had never been done before, and the result was more than a promotion; it was a mesmerising unforgettable performance. A new way to experience art and fashion was born and Dame Suzie Moncrieff called it WearableArt™.
Each year a unique show is developed and staged. Every WearableArt™ entry is individually choreographed. The show is renowned for its amazing lighting, special effects, music and dance. It is a universal experience that unfolds before the audience, touching every sense and evoking a variety of emotions. There is no narration, no explanation and no language barriers making for a universal experience.