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.
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!