World of Wearable Art

Templa Mentis, Daniella Sasvári, New Zealand

Catch inspiration from the 2017 World of Wearable Art without traveling to New Zealand, where the international competition is held each fall.  After 25 years, it’s a mega-production described as a “glorious rebellion against the mundane.”

Organizers picked 2017 inspirations from previous winning entries, and sent some on the road in an exhibit that includes Skin (above). It’s from 2011, created by Quebec textile artist Marjolein Dallinga, who designs for Cirque du Soleil.

Inkling, Gillian Saunders, New Zealand , 2013. EVA foam and paint.

Other winners in the exhibit at Peabody Museum in Salem, MA (above & below).


Below, some of the winning designs at an event in Shanghai.

New Zealand hosts the annual design competition to encourage sculptors, costume designers, textile artists and makers to explore the boundary between fashion and art, and to “get art off the walls and onto the body.”


WOW culminates in a live runway show for winners in front of an audience of 50,000. Below: inspiration for the Costume & Film (Science Fiction) Category.

If you’re interested in diving more deeply into the creations, there are also sections on the website for the rest of this year’s categories.

  1.  Illumination-Illusion,
  2. Open 
  3. Avant Garde
  4. Red
  5. Aotearoa New Zealand (Maori)

Each section also has an inspiration video, posted a few days ago.

Main World of Wearable Art site, here.

Some runway shots from the past, here.


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