Wow – it’s Middle Earth Monday and WOW. For those of you around the world who don’t know, Wellington, NZ, has just been hit by the creative whirlwind that is the World of Wearable Arts show, so join me and discover the magic…..

The World of Wearable Arts (WOW for short!) is an annual event attracting worldwide submissions and the simple criterion for entry is – it must be wearable art.  Not a costume, not fashion but ART that can be worn.

Each year the submissions from around the world are magically woven into an extravaganza with dancers, musicians and visual effects that leave the audience breathless – this video is worth every second so, please, give me the gift of your time and let me weave a magical spell, then I will move in for some close-ups. (Images used with WOW permission)

Works can be submitted in several categories including the Pacifica Section, Weta Workshop Costume and Film,  Avant Garde and a Children‘s section. (Each link takes you to the WOW site specific section showing 2013 section images) and the judging system is rigorous and fair. All entries are anonymous while being judged.

Wow Children's Section Runner Up Paula Rowan, Wellington NZ
The important part of WOW to remember is, it is open to everyone who wants to enter. Yes, standards are high, but there is nothing to stop anyone in the world from entering. The superb artwork below is from the USA, and was created from fabric, papier mache, paint and hair.

If you want a peep at how far the World of Wearable Arts show has come, check out the venue for the very first show 25 years ago and compare with the the stage for this year’s event. (WOW are also on FB)

The stage is huge, with small circular ‘aprons’ where each art work is displayed during its choreographed progress through the show.  The substantial stage is surrounded on three sides by audience and filled with movement, dance and music for two solid hours! It is the event of choice for so many creative New Zealand and overseas visitors – I can’t wait for 2015!



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  1. Sally-ann Moffat

    October 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Loved the show this year! My 10th year as an audience member. The best ever! I loved the ‘man unleashed’ section the most. It was spectacular.


  2. Paula

    October 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    WOW! amazing video. thanks for sharing. happy blogging.
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  3. @stinkerwinkers

    October 10, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Wow I’m in it to win it hehe!

    Mittens x


  4. Alana & Crepes

    October 10, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Neat!!! I want to be a view master!! I’m master of most things right now! already – Crepes.
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  5. Joan

    October 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    WOW! That is really cool! Thanx for letting us all know about that! Looking forward to checking out more video of the event!


  6. Panky

    October 8, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    MeeeWOW! Dis paw-some videos! DaMa an Iz enjoyed watching dese.

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  7. Austin Towers

    October 8, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Personally I feel I am art on four legs, but that is pretty spiffy, if I do say!!!
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  8. Brian

    October 8, 2013 at 8:59 am

    WOW looks pretty darn WOW to me!
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  9. Willy

    October 8, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Amazing art and blog. We never seen this kind of art. Specially liked da black bird in da pie looks nommy. But Iz agree wif Nissy, not liked to be dressed up. Dat definitely not man cat style. MOL Mom luved da prize. Bewe cool.


  10. The Island Cats

    October 8, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Amazing! We’ve never seen anything like this. Thanks for sharing. And what a great giveaway, too!
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  11. Marg

    October 8, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Wow, is such a neat thing. We love that the peeps have to dress up. The video is terrific. We enjoyed it a lot. That cats sure would enjoy dressing the peeps up.
    Have a great day.
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  12. Scylla, Socks, Tuiren & Fenris

    October 7, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    WOW, we are so impressed. We thinks we saw the U.S. entry at a Mardi Gra parade. All the costumes are just fantastic. We agree with Nissy thought glad the peeps are wearing the stuff and not furries. Although Tui doesn’t mind being dressed up.
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  13. KatzTales

    October 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    LOL, that metal hoop skirt is just fabulous!
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  14. Sass for Teri

    October 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    This looks like such fun I would love to be there.


  15. Tiny Pearl (@TinyPearlCat)

    October 7, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    It’s beautiful! Love the metal steam punks stuff. Nice anyone can enter n its not to expensive either. Have you gone to the show? If so you are so lucky. Thank you for sharing.


  16. Ann "Paws" Staub

    October 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    How cool! I haven’t heard of this before, but the video was very interesting and enjoyable to watch.
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  17. @cathound7 Charles Lance

    October 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    WOW is right..Very cool and imaginative! Not just eye candy..many levels of expression here..purrific!! Can we haf some cats wearing da arts too..purrrs!!! Thanx Marjorie for this link. .yoo da best!!


  18. @missstellybean

    October 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    What a unique prize pack! So excited for the chance to win! Thank you 🙂


  19. Glogirly & Katie

    October 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    How amazingly COOL is THIS!!!!
    It’s like Cirque du Soleil meets Project Runway!
    WOW is right…and what a uniquely wonderful prize.
    Thank you for the chance at winning!


    (this is giving Katie LOTS of ideas on how to dress up Waffles)
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  20. Christopher R Cat

    October 7, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    My mom fancies herself an artist (hehe) but she could never do such inventive wearable art!
    I never knew about this event, thanks for telling me about it and putting up the video, Harvey!
    WOW is right!


  21. @DaneRay/Ray Chesnick

    October 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    How marvelous!!! I have to use my other browser to view the video and can’t wait! This sounds like a wonderful event! Wish I could attend. Hugzzzzzzzzzzzzz to all.


  22. meowmeowmans

    October 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    OMC! That is amazing! We watched the entire video, and the images and the music were just magical. Thank you for sharing it with us, Harvey. 🙂
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  23. Lisa, Abigal and Finnegan

    October 7, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    This is so kewl! WOW is right, very neat!!!
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  24. Cathy Keisha

    October 7, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Whoa! TW had a ViewMaster! She even had a ViewMaster Projector. I have to play the video later cos Pop is wtching a video, which prolly isn’t as good as this one.
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    • Sometimes, Cats Herd You

      October 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      The head peep had a ViewMaster, too. She isn’t so sure about calling it “vintage style” because does that make her vintage, too? MOL

      What a fantastic video.
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    • Cathy Keisha

      October 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      OK, it reminded me somehow of the opening of the Japan Olympics a few years back fused with the NYC Gay Pride Parade. That’s not to say I didn’t appreciate it.
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  25. Sass and Lou

    October 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    That’s awesome! I love it!


  26. Skye613

    October 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I have never seen anything like this before. Beautiful . Thank you!


  27. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    October 7, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    sqquuueeeee!!! Harvey!!! this is totally pawsome!!! I loved the video…such creativity! And let me be the first to enter…paws crossed…You have selected a wonderful venue to launch your presence as a key Staff Member for Dash Kitten. Good show Harvey…simply ‘brill’…paw pats, Savannah
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  28. Nerissa's Life

    October 7, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    That’s really very neat! I enjoyed watching it a lot. I really, really did. I’m all for fun artsy stuff for PEEPS to wear. Just don’t try to put any of it on me.

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