Nelson man wins WOW Awards


For the third year in a row a New Zealand Designer has taken out the top prize at the World of WearableArt Awards Show. Nelson based designer Peter Wakeman has walked away with the 2015 Brancott Estate Supreme WOW® Award at tonight’s 27th show, taking home $30,000 in prizes.

The stunning entry “Diva’s Dreamscape” was entered in the Creative Excellence Section: Architecture and is a clever interpretation of the Art Deco era of design. Made of .stainless steel, wood and Peter’s trademark fibreglass, the garment impressed the judges with its exquisite workmanship.

Dame Suzie Moncrieff noted that this year’s Supreme WOW® Award Winner has a clear artistic integrity and responded perfectly to the brief for the Creative Excellence Section. “Diva’s Dreamscape” really is a stunning piece of art, it has a strong simplicity that works perfectly from every angle. The use of such hard materials to create a sophisticated garment demonstrates great skill and creative ability.”

This is the third time that Peter has entered WOW and the second time he has won a prize, he was named Runner Up to the Supreme Award Winner in 2013 for his pink fibre glass creation “Chica under Glass”.

The Runner Up to the Brancott Estate Supreme Award hails from Shanghai in China. Xi Zhang a student from Donghua University won with her striking garment “Deadly Beauty”. Entered in the Wellington Airport Avant Garde Section this garment is made from feathers, beads and mesh cloth, it has a strong sculptural shape that impressed the judges with its intense colour palette and powerful stage presence.

The guest judges sculptor, Greer Twiss and fashioned designer, Denise L’Estrange Corbet joined the Founder of WOW® Dame Suzie Moncrieff, on the panel. The decision-making was unanimous and every garment that had been selected to compete on stage and be modelled in the WOW® show, were of an extremely high calibre.