Alexandra Denton with late designer Claire Prebble's last ever design, Warrioress of Light, which will form part of an exhibition at the National WOW Museum. Photo: Kate Russell.

Exhibition to showcase Claire Prebble


This summer’s featured artist at the National WOW Museum is a special one.

The work of Claire Prebble, who passed away last year at the age of 30, is being showcased, including her last-ever design, Warrioress of Light, which has been lovingly finished by Alexandra Denton, the mother of Claire’s former fiancé.

Claire was a regular contributor to the WOW competition, who in 2004 became the youngest-ever Supreme Award winner.

As well as her many WOW achievements, Claire interned for Alexander McQueen, worked for Weta Workshop and contributed to the international fashion industry with her intricate detailing work.

Claire had the idea for Warrioress of Light at the age of 19, and Alexandra says she feels “incredibly privileged” to have been able to complete it.

“The system of silver wire work she developed was extraordinary and it took me a while to be able to do what I saw her do so easily,” she says.

“She wanted this piece to have a home at The Victoria & Albert museum in London and we are determined to complete her wishes and will be working towards the permanent home there after it has been displayed in the National WOW Museum in Nelson over the summer.”

WOW chief executive Gisella Carr says it is wonderful to exhibit Claire’s works of art in her home region.

“Claire was an incredible creative, having achieved in her lifetime more than most, “she says.

The Claire Prebble exhibition is on until the end of February. Entry is free.

It is part of the museum’s annual exhibition including the world’s best 2016 wearable art by designers for celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Madonna, as well as Nelson’s own Supreme winner Gillian Saunders.