In 2012, four top awards for the WOW show were won by the same designers for the very first time. Shanghai-based design students from Donghua University, Yuru Ma and Mengyue Wu won the Supreme Award, Runner Up to Supreme, Open Section and Avant Garde Section with their two garments ‘Delight of Light’ and ‘Revive’. In doing so, they took home $42,000 in prizes. Can this impressive feat be repeated in 2013? #Celebrating25Years

In 2012, four top awards for the WOW show were won by the same designers for the very first time. Shanghai-based design students from Donghua University, Yuru Ma and Mengyue Wu won the Supreme Award, Runner Up to Supreme, Open Section and Avant Garde Section with their two garments ‘Delight of Light’ and ‘Revive’. In doing so, they took home $42,000 in prizes. Can this impressive feat be repeated in 2013? #Celebrating25Years

‘A Nightmare Near By’ from UK designer Siu Ping Wan was anything but a nightmare at the 2011 show. The unique garment was inspired by bed bugs, dust mites and dead skin of all things and was recognised for its creative excellence.

‘A Nightmare Near By’ from UK designer Siu Ping Wan was anything but a nightmare at the 2011 show. The unique garment was inspired by bed bugs, dust mites and dead skin of all things and was recognised for its creative excellence.

Back in 2002, the WOW stage was graced by none other than former Prime Minister, Helen Clark! She is pictured here in the garment “Crest of The Wave”, an exhibition garment created by Susan Holmes for the 2002 Air New Zealand South Pacific section.   Were you there? #Celebrating25Years

Back in 2002, the WOW stage was graced by none other than former Prime Minister, Helen Clark! She is pictured here in the garment “Crest of The Wave”, an exhibition garment created by Susan Holmes for the 2002 Air New Zealand South Pacific section. Were you there? #Celebrating25Years

In 2005 we packed our bags and moved to Wellington. It wasn’t easy to part ways with the show’s artistic home of Nelson, but it was necessary for growth. The move allows for 47,000 people to attend the show each season.   Were you there for our first WOW show in Wellington? #Celebrating25Years

In 2005 we packed our bags and moved to Wellington. It wasn’t easy to part ways with the show’s artistic home of Nelson, but it was necessary for growth. The move allows for people to attend the show each season.

In 2007, WOW welcomed Phil Keoghan and the CBS News team from New York. Phil featured as a model in 2007's Man Unleashed and interviewed founder Suzie Moncrieff for his own show, ‘Phil Keoghan’s Heroes’.  Phil mentioned that WOW “epitomises New Zealand ingenuity and resourcefulness”. #Celebrating25Years

In 2007, WOW welcomed Phil Keoghan and the CBS News team from New York. Phil featured as a model in 2007's Man Unleashed and interviewed founder Suzie Moncrieff for his own show, ‘Phil Keoghan’s Heroes’. Phil mentioned that WOW “epitomises New Zealand ingenuity and resourcefulness”. #Celebrating25Years

In 2009, New Zealand’s very own comedy duo The Topp Twins took to the WOW stage in their many different guises. They stole the show with their special brand of Kiwi humour.   Which one of their characters is your favourite? #Celebrating25Years

In New Zealand comedy duo The Topp Twins took to the WOW stage. They stole the show with their special brand of Kiwi humour.

‘Loops’ by Indian designers Yogesh Chaudhary and Manas Barve is a rather unique design. The 2010 Supreme Award winning garment was made entirely of merino wool to highlight the importance of sustainability. To find out more, click here: http://worldofwearableart.com/news/entry/loops-singularly-strong/ #Celebrating25Years

‘Loops’ by Indian designers Yogesh Chaudhary and Manas Barve i

Ann Skelly’s 2008 entry 'Tubular Belle' was inspired by a stack of pink, plastic clear-files spotted in a stationery shop. Ann noticed she could turn the intense colour into a garment if she rolled the files into tubes. With a little more experimentation, the iconic pink garment was born! #Celebrating25Years

Ann Skelly’s 2008 entry 'Tubular Belle' was inspired by a stack of pink, plastic clear-files spotted in a stationery shop. Ann noticed she could turn the intense colour into a garment if she rolled the files into tubes. With a little more experimentation, the iconic pink garment was born! #Celebrating25Years

A visit to the WOW car museum sparked Sarah Thomas’ imagination after she encountered a red 1950's American roadster. Inspired by the tall tail fins, extravagant bumpers and layers of chrome, Sarah created her own wearable art classic “American Dream” for the 2009 show. #Celebrating25Years

A visit to the WOW car museum sparked Sarah Thomas’ imagination after she encountered a red 1950's American roadster. Inspired by the tall tail fins, extravagant bumpers and layers of chrome, Sarah created her own wearable art classic “American Dream” for the 2009 show. #Celebrating25Years

2004 – EOS, Claire Prebble, Golden Bay At the tender age of 18, Claire Prebble became the youngest ever winner of the Supreme Award in 2004, a record which still stands today. Weta Workshop admired her talents and took Claire on board, allowing her to work on major movie productions such as Avatar and Prince Caspian.   Isn’t it great to see young Kiwis making their mark on the World? #Celebrating25Years

Off the Wall - WearableArt Up Close touring exhibition. EOS, Claire Prebble, New Zealand


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