New stage, categories and captivating visuals to transform World of WearableArt 2024


World of Wearable Art
Chrysanthemum & Amphitrite by Jack Irving, United Kingdom, Winner of 2019's Open Section and International Design Award: United Kingdom & Europe Photo credit: Stephen A’Court.
A new stage design and enthralling new categories will delight audiences at this year's World of Wearable Art Show (WOW), returning to Wellington this September and October.

Tickets are now on sale for the fantastical presentation known as World of WearableArt (WOW), to be held at Wellington’s TSB Arena from September 26 to October 13.

The renowned event, Aotearoa’s largest theatrical production, combines the results of an annual design competition with a spectacular show.

Drawing entries from kiwis and international creators alike, the presentation combines performance, live music, aerial artistry, dance, and digital technology.  As each entry is ‘wearable’, models traverse the stage like living pieces of art, moving through the space accompanied by lighting effects, performers and music, designed to enhance each phenomenal piece.

This year’s theme, ‘Dream Awake’ will take the audience through six awe-inspiring ‘realms’. Fantastical dreams will come to life as the audience is guided through different worlds, spun by the mysterious and magical ‘Dream Maker’. Three new sections, Natural World, Geometric Abstraction, and Crazy Curiosities of the Creature Carnival will join recurring sections; Aotearoa, Avant-garde and Open.

A new stage design and storeys-high visuals aim to bring the wearable art garments closer than ever, better revealing the intricate detail and workmanship in each piece.

“As always, the creative team will be pushing the boundaries to captivate everyone who takes the journey with us this year,” shares executive Creative Director Brian Burke.

“We have jaw-dropping performances, unique aerial artistry, extravagant costumes, state-of-the art 3D projection and lighting, and of course phenomenal wearable art from around the world, all coming together in a visual spectacle you can only experience at WOW,” he says.

WOW – World of WearableArt. Wellington, NZ. 23 September 2019. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court.

With a 35 year history, the show attracts around 60,000 people annually, and has become a ‘must-see’ event for many who return, year-after-year.

WOW Head of Competition, Sarah Nathan, describes the event as the perfect platform for people to fulfil their creative dreams.

“WOW finalists come from all corners of the globe and a broad spectrum of creative and technical disciplines,” explains Nathan.

“Our designer community is made up of fashion, textile and industrial designers, jewellers, costumers, architects, engineers, sculptors, painters, crafters, gardeners, doctors, and even boat builders! All you need is a strong creative concept and a commitment to robust, quality execution.”

From sitting stage-side, to hosting a table or simply a seat, there are plenty of ticket options for everyone.

Tickets for this year’s season, which will run from September 26 to October 13, can be purchased here.

World of WearableArt (WOW)
September 26 to October 13
TSB Arena, Wellington


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