WORLD OF WEARABLE ART AWARDS 2015

The 27th World of WearableArtTM Awards Show, known as WOW®, kicks off on Thursday 24th September for its annual Show Season in Wellington New Zealand.

WOW is New Zealand’s largest arts show and each year a new theatrical world is created in which incredible garments are bought to life. This year 55,000 show goers will attend from around the world. WOW® is a breathtaking spectacular of dance, theatre, music, and art. The garments you see on stage are the award-contending designs selected from worldwide entries in the annual WOW Awards competition, which puts the simple, but challenging brief to designers – to take “art off the wall and adorn onto the human form”.

A model displays 'Brave New World' by Ewelina Kosmal of Poland in the Avant Garde Section during the World of WearableArt Awards 2015 at TSB Bank Arena on September 25, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.

A model displays ‘Brave New World’ by Ewelina Kosmal of Poland in the Avant Garde Section during the World of WearableArt Awards 2015 at TSB Bank Arena on September 25, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.

A model displays 'Crystallization' by Carolyn Gibson of New Zealand in the Avant Garde Section during the World of WearableArt Awards 2015 at TSB Bank Arena on September 25, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.

A model displays ‘Crystallization’ by Carolyn Gibson of New Zealand in the Avant Garde Section during the World of WearableArt Awards 2015 at TSB Bank Arena on September 25, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Designers come from all occupations, from all over the world. WOW® gives designers the opportunity to be innovative, original and not bound by the constraints of commercialism. The only limit is their imagination.

WOW® is best described as a glorious rebellion against the mundane, a choreographed collision where fantasy meets reality and dreams merge with nightmares. For the audience, it is a sensory saturation, with the bodies on stage forming a moving canvas in a seamless, fluid exhibition that is enhanced by soundscapes, lighting, dance, drama, and comedy. There is no narration and no language barriers.

An entertainer performs during the World of WearableArt Awards 2015 at TSB Bank Arena on September 25, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.

An entertainer performs during the World of WearableArt Awards 2015 at TSB Bank Arena on September 25, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.

A model displays 'Gargouille' by Kiang Hong Tan of MingDao University, Malaysia, in the Avant Garde Section during the World of WearableArt Awards 2015 at TSB Bank Arena on September 25, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.

A model displays ‘Gargouille’ by Kiang Hong Tan of MingDao University, Malaysia, in the Avant Garde Section during the World of WearableArt Awards 2015 at TSB Bank Arena on September 25, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.

A model displays 'Cerulean' by Cushla OÕConnell of New Zealand in the Costume and Film Section: Other Worlds, during the World of WearableArt Awards 2015 at TSB Bank Arena on September 25, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.

A model displays ‘Cerulean’ by Cushla OÕConnell of New Zealand in the Costume and Film Section: Other Worlds, during the World of WearableArt Awards 2015 at TSB Bank Arena on September 25, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.

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