Mike Ward with his 2012 entry into the World of WearableArt competition "Possessed". PHOTO: Jacob Chandler

Nelsonians selected for WOW


Of 65 kiwi entrants, six Nelsonians have been selected by a panel of judges to compete in the 2016 WOW® Awards.

‘Baroque Gold’ and “Auto Bra’ by Stepneyville’s Donna and Lex Allfrey have been selected alongside Richmond local Julie Brawley’s ‘Brighter Side Of Pail’, Gillian Saunder’s ‘Supernova’ and Cassandra Thomson’s ‘Gold Gandeur.

Nelson’s Mike Ward has also made the cut with his entry, ‘My Ishmaelian Wingflapper’.

The garments will be kept strictly under wraps until opening night on September 22 when the world created for this year’s show will be revealed.

The judging panel, WOW Founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff, Zambesi co-founder Elisabeth Findlay, and sculptor Gregor Kregar, selected one hundred and thirty-three designs from two hundred and sixty-one entries at a three-day judging weekend in Nelson on July 8-10.

The selected garments have turned out to be a 50/50 split between those from New Zealand and the rest of the world, with entries from Australia, China, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The selected garments will now move to the second stage of judging in early September when they are assessed again after they have been individually choreographed. Final placings will be decided at a technical rehearsal just prior to the show opening when the judges see the work come to life on stage in the world created for this year’s World of WearableArt Awards.

Judge Elisabeth Findlay is returning to the panel for the second time and says she could not stop smiling or gasping at the last WOW because it was so inspiring.

“I am looking forward to the next stage where we see these wonderful entries again,” says Elizabeth.

“The level of creativity blows me away. We are presented with extraordinary vision, incredible craftsmanship and use of technology.”