Posts categorized as The WOW Factor

Wearable of the Week # 11 Celebrating the zipper

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This week’s wearable is for all those city slickers who have made their way to work today through the mist and the rain with their umbrellas intact! Fashion tutor Deborah Shepherd won the World of WearableArt™ Sustainability Award with this unique take on the sharp city suit, which features hundreds of discarded zippers painstakingly stitched… Read more »

Wearable of the Week # 10: A Day of the Dead Special!

Danse Macabre by Mercy Brewer (NZ), 2012. World of WearableArt. Photo by:

Over the next two days Te Papa is celebrating Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead in conjunction with the exhibition Aztecs: Conquest and Glory. Whether you are marking Day of the Dead or All Souls Day aka Halloween, what better garment to chose for this week’s ‘Wearable’ than Mercy Brewer’s ghoulish yet alluring La… Read more »

Wearable of the Week # 9

Powelliphanta Pine by Sally Spackman, 2012. World of WearableArt.

This week’s wearable is by Sally Spackman, a recent graduate from Massey University’s fashion design degree. Made from hundreds, if not thousands of coiled pine needles, the spiralled forms that make up Powelliphanta Pine are inspired by the beautiful shells of New Zealand’s powelliphanta snails – the ‘giants of the snail world’.  Powelliphanta snails, of which… Read more »

Wearable of the Week # 7

Dress Rehearsal

As October is Breast Cancer Month this week’s fabulous wearable takes the form a bizarre but very thoughtful bra – its Lynn Christiansen’s The Abbey of St Brassiere.   The witty and outrageous Bizarre Bra™ section has been a firm favourite with WOW® entrants and audiences since it was established in 1995.  Since then, more than… Read more »

Wearable of the Week # 6

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  • Sketch by Sean Purucker for Bells for Her. Courtesy of Sean Purucker.
  • Bell Back Model
  • Ryan and Mom snow

Over 100 WOW® fans crammed into Te Papa’s Eyelight’s Gallery last Saturday to hear the maker of this week’s wearable speak. Its Bells for Her by Sean Purucker. Sean Purucker lives in LA where he works as a costume fabricator. He grew up, however in Alaska. Bells For Her harks back to his Alaskan childhood – to… Read more »

Wearable of the Week # 5

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Wellington has moved into full WOW® mode this week, and Te Papa is in the midst of the whirlwind. Yesterday morning we welcomed 50 international WOW® designers onto Te Papa’s marae, and hosted 250 designers, would-be entrants, fans and creatives at a Design Forum in the afternoon. Lynn Christiansen, the creator of this week’s spikey ’wearable’, was the afternoon’s… Read more »

WearableArt™ Windows: Maia – Wellington High School

Maia's design sketches. © Maia Holder-Monk

Our WearableArt™ themed windows series continues with Maia from Wellington High School and another take on the Longhorn Beetle image from yesterday. My name is Maia Holder-Monk and I am in Year 13 student studying Fashion Technology at Wellington High School. The photo of the Longhorn Beetle jumped out at me with its vivid colours… Read more »