• As organisers cancel bra section

Ahead of the 2015 World of Wearable Art, WOW awards show, several local designers have been selected to appear on stage.
Commenting on this year event, WOW competition director, Heather Palmer said the local entries were amazing and pushed material in new dimensions.
WOW was not running its “Bizarre Bra” section this year which usually attracted more local entries, she said.
She was excited about the technical ideas and construction she had seen from the local entries.
WOW stalwart Mike Ward had an entry in this year’s competition. Palmer said he always offered an “element of surprise.”
Ward is currently being celebrated at the World of Wearable Art, WOW Museum with a retrospective of six of the 15 works that he has entered over the past 10 years. Four works were award winners, one a Supreme Award winner.
Palmer was pleased with the entries accepted from Nelson. She said local designers were able to visit the WOW Museum for inspiration.
This is the Nelson-born, world-renowned competition’s 28th year. The competition culminates in the Awards Show, an extravagant theatrical event showcasing the finalists’ garments.
Palmer said the standard of many entries this year was “astounding” and designers had impressed the judges with their creativity and originality.
WOW founder Suzie Moncrieff will be judging along with co-founder and chief executive of fashion brand World, Denise L’Estrange-Corbet and New Zealand sculptor Greer Twiss.
They have completed the first round of judging, with two further judging rounds in September to decide the section winners and the overall Supreme winner.
Of the 128 garments selected to take part in the WOW Awards Show, half were from international designers. Countries including the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, India, Denmark, China, Taiwan and Australia are represented.
This was the first year there was an entry included from Poland, showing how far afield WOW was known, she said.
More than 50,000 people will attend the World of Wearable Art Awards Show in Wellington.
“Each year the WOW show is completely different and once the show season is finished it is packed away never to be seen again,” Palmer said.
Other 2015 finalists from the Nelson region include Sue Cederman of Motueka, Doreen Helms of Richmond, Carol Hargadon of Tahunanui, Gillian Saunders of Richmond, Peter Wakeman of Motueka, and Claire Bywater of Nelson.

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