We have it on very good authority that the World of WearableArt show (WOW for short) celebrating its 30th year anniversary this year, presents the crème da crème of global alternate designers working across various mediums. We have it on very good authority, because one of the VG family, a latex designer we have known since the inception of our magazine and someone we have worked with often, Dawnamtarix Designs, has entered the WOW competition now for a 2nd year in a row and has once again made it to the finals.
The first round of judging from WOW Founder and Resident Judge Dame Suzie Moncrieff, Margarita Robertson, and Sam Gao brought the submitted couture down to 148 designers from 17 countries. Each year WOW receives hundreds of outfits to choose from, their only criteria: “Anything that is wearable art can find a place on the stage, as long as it is original, innovative and well executed. “
Australia has eight finalists in this year. China twelve, China, Hong Kong eleven and China, Macau one. France also managed one, as did Mexico, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Russian Federation, and South Korea. Spain, Germany, India and Thailand, got two finalists in. Taiwan thirteen, the UK eight and the United States fifteen. As mentioned, Dawnamatrix Designs, one of the U.S. finalists, made two final categories.
New Zealand, where the WOW show will take place (and always has) at the TSB Arena, Wellington 27 September – 14 October, sees sixty five finalists designers in this year.
This year’s 30th anniversary show will be presented as a series of six “worlds,” each with its own design provocation that designers have responded to. Along with the recurring “Avant-garde,” “Aotearoa” and “Open” sections are “Under the Microscope,” “Reflective Surfaces” and crowd-favorite, “Bizarre Bra”.
Find out more about WOW here.
And congratulations, for a 2nd year in a row, to Dawn Mostow and every one over at Dawnamatrix Designs.