Indonesian Designer Takes Out Top Award at the World of Wearable Art Awards

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The winners of the anticipated 2019 World of Wearable Art Awards have been announced.

An Indonesian designer has won awards at the World of Wearable Art Awards in Wellington, New Zealand.

The 2019 Awards Competition and Show features 108 finalist garments by 115 designers from 22 countries and regions all vying for the opportunity to win one of 34 awards. Rinaldy Yunardi of Jakarta has won the Supreme WOW Award with his garment The Lady Warrior, which also won the Avant-garde Section Award and the International Design Award: Asia.

This is the second time Rinaldy has been crowned Supreme WOW Award winner – he first won in 2017 for his garment Encapsulate, which was also the Open Section Award winner . That year he also won the Avant-garde Section Award with his garment Cosmos. Rinaldy created The Lady Warrior with the toughest warrior of all in mind – the woman. The Lady Warrior plays the role of daughter, wife and mother. She is about inner strength rather than brute physical strength.

“I used various mediums of materials to represent different elements of The Lady Warrior. Recycled paper made into rope and woven tightly together represents humanity and inner strength built from her experiences – she was born vulnerable but with life experiences, she has strengthened and become strong” he says.

World of Wearable Art Founder and Resident Judge Dame Suzie Moncrieff says The Lady Warrior is “a garment that the judges described as an extraordinary metamorphosis of a fragile organic material into something so beautiful. Demonstrating perfect balance and form, as well as immaculate craftsmanship, The Lady Warrior conveys a stunning fragility which is perfectly balanced with a subtle strength. The judges particularly loved the use of traditional weaving to create a piece that is so contemporary.”

For three weeks every year, the internationally renowned wearable art competition showcases the finalist entries in a spectacular theatrical show in New Zealand’s vibrant capital city of Wellington. An audience of around 60,000 people are expected to attend the 2019 World of Wearable Art Awards Show season, with many travelling from around New Zealand and the world to attend this must-see annual event.

In 2019, designers from 43 countries and regions entered in the hope of their garment making it through the judging process and appearing on stage as a World of Wearable Art Awards finalist. Finalists come from an incredibly diverse range of backgrounds, professional and non-professional, and working in the fields of fashion, art, costume and theatre, along with students and first-time entrants.

The World of WearableArt Awards Show is on at TSB Arena, Wellington from September 26 until October 13. Tickets and more information at

Take a look at some of the highlights from the World of Wearable Art Awards below.


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