WearableArt sale to support local designer


World of WearableArt props, character costumes and memorabilia will go on sale this weekend to help raise money for long-time WOW designer, Claire Prebble.

Claire has been told by her doctors she has an aggressive melanoma that is no longer responsive to traditional treatments of chemotherapy and radiation.

This month Claire will be travelling to a specialist clinic in Germany for four weeks of intensive alternative treatments and WOW will be helping her to get there.

Founder of WOW Dame Suzie Moncrieff has announced that all proceeds from the sale will be donated to assist Claire’s fundraising effort.

“Claire has been involved in WOW for so many years, she is a member of the family. When we heard about the struggle she is facing everyone here was determined to help. We provide a wonderful environment for creativity and creative people to flourish and Claire is one of the most talented designers we have seen. We wish her well.”

The World of WearableArt and Collectible Car Museum is also contributing to fundraising on the day. For locals with proof of local address adult museum entry will be at the reduced rate of $15, with $10 going towards fundraising.

Visitors to Nelson will pay the usual entry fee, $10 of which will be donated and 50 cents from all coffees bought at the café will go towards treatment for Claire.

Claire began designing garments for the World of Wearable Art Awards Show when she was eight years old and has entered a total of thirteen garments into the competition.

In 2004 she won Supreme Award with her garment EOS and, until her recent illness, has been Head of Costume Design at Weta Workshop in Wellington.

The sale will be this Saturday between 10am and 4pm at the WOW car park on Quarantine Rd.