WOW what a show

20 October 2013
Written by Trudi Bennett
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Having loved the show Trudi shares her thoughts on the art, fashion, excitement and amazing spectacular that is the World of Wearable arts (WOW) extravaganza



I enjoy WOW for many reasons, but mainly because with my job, my mind often views clothing in the practical sense. Who will this suit? What shape looks best in this style? Does the colour suit the skin tone and of which palette?

At WOW, like everyone else, the pleasure is sitting back and enjoying just how each amazingly complex piece is its own art form, without any need for practicality. 

For many Wellingtonians, this is a yearly event in the calendar. For those of you around the country who have:

  1. never been to Wellington 
  2. never seen a show like WOW 
  3. love fashion, musicals or shows with amazingly detailed creativity or 
  4. all of the above, put it in the diary TODAY.

Not only will the often chilly but always beautiful Wellington show you a good time in all aspects of your stay, this show is one you will find hard to forget.

It’s easy to see why people travel far and wide to come to Wellington for the World of Wearable Art (WOW) show each year in October. It's a visual and creative extravaganza of epic proportions in a packed and buzzing event centre set to booming music. 

This year WOW was celebrating 25 years! I want to say WOW, but that could get confusing so instead I'll say Whoa! From its first 1987 event in front of 200 people in Nelson to this month's multiple packed TSB Arena shows, this celebration of fashion creativity continues to shine like a jewel in Wellington's arty crown. 

Winning pieces have come from all ages and different types of artists, including home-grown applicants from Napier to Nelson, Wellington to Auckland as well as international entrants from Dubai, the UK, America and India.

One of my favourite parts of this year's show was the children's section. Cute kids in detailed and sometimes rather kooky creations. What a winning combination! I also really enjoyed the vibe of the Man Unleashed section which had fabulously loud sixties music accompanying it.

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