2019 marks the 31st anniversary of the World of WearableArt (known as WOW), New Zealand’s largest arts show. From modest beginnings under a rain-soaked marquee in a rural co-operative art gallery, WOW has grown into an internationally renowned annual design competition attracting hundreds of entries from all over the world.
WOW is an international design competition with an annual award show that presents the finalist garments in a theatrical extravaganza that collides at the intersection of fashion and art. The rules of the competition encourage anything that is wearable, if it is original, beautifully designed, and well-made, resulting in garments that are constructed from an extraordinary array of traditional and unconventional materials. The challenge: take art off the wall and adorn onto the human form.
The 32 award-winning garments presented in this exhibition represent some of the most original, provocative, and unorthodox objects in the WOW Museum collection, demonstrating what designers from a wide variety of occupations can imagine when they are released from the constraints of “fashion” and are encouraged to see the human body as a blank canvas.
For the audience, WOW is a feast for the eyes, where fashion, art and theatre collide. For the designers, it’s an opportunity to create a work free from commercial restrictions, to go on a creative journey with their peers and to have their talent recognized. This exhibition is organized by the World of WearableArt, Ltd.
We know you love your home at Pikes Place on San Miguel Apartments in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but it’s important to stay active and involved in your community. Attending this event is the perfect chance for you to journey outside your comfort zone to meet new people and seek new opportunities.
Thursday, June 27, 2019—10:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 West Dale Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903