Nicki van Asch’s entry “Poutrageous”. Photo: Neil Price.

WOW win was a ‘great shock’


It may not be a Nelson-based show any more, but Nicki van Asch has proven locals are still able to come out on top at the World of Wearable Art Awards.

Nicki won the New Zealand Design Award and received an honourable mention in the Bizarre Bra section.

It was the best effort from a Nelson designer at this year’s awards, which were won overall by Kate MacKenzie from Hawkes Bay.

Nicki says the awards night was “amazing”.

“I was very lucky to have lots of school and university friends, and friends from Nelson who were keen to use the awards as an excuse to catch up. So they were right there and ready to help me celebrate. We found some bubbles and supported the Wellington economy quite nicely,” she joked.

“It was certainly the latest I’d been up for in a while.”

Nicki won the New Zealand Design Award for her “Pop Cultural” garment and the honourable mention for “Poutrageous” in the bizarre bra section.

Nicki started the design for her entries while pregnant and the construction phase began once the baby was “sleeping well”.  She says getting up on stage to receive an award was a “great shock”.

In total, there were 166 entries in the 26th awards.

WOW founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff says it was one of the hardest years to judge because of the quality.

“Even after 26 years I continue to be surprised and inspired. Once again, I have been truly amazed at the diversity of creativity in this year’s entries. The wide range of materials used in so many extraordinary ways never ceases to impress.”