2020 World of WearableArt Awards Competition
Entries are now officially open for the 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Competition!
Use the menu above to find out more about the Awards Competition, be inspired by the six Section Themes (under Sections & Judging) in this year’s Competition, and to find out more about How to Enter.
The World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards Competition is an internationally renowned wearable art competition that, each year, attracts entries from over 40 countries around the world. The Awards Competition is an opportunity for designers to create the unimaginable, to challenge the conventional, and defy creative expectations.
For three weeks every year, the finalist garments in the Competition are showcased in a spectacular show that takes over New Zealand’s vibrant capital city of Wellington in an explosion of creativity. Today garments are brought to life on stage in front of an audience of over 60,000 people.
Watch more footage from the World of WearableArt on our YouTube channel!
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 2020 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.
Click on the images below to find out more about each of the 2020 Section Themes.
2020 Section Themes:
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.
During 2019 Awards Week, the judging panel was joined by guest judges Melissa Thompson (Cirque du Soleil), Sir Richard Taylor (Weta Workshop) and B. Akerlund (The Residency Experience).
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).
We also recommend downloading the 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Competition Entry Guide and having a good read before you start on your creation!
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.