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Indonesian designer wins top WoW awards


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Internationally renowned Indonesian accessories designer Rinaldy Yunardi has taken out top honours in the 2017 World of WearableArt™ (WOW®) Awards.

First time WOW entrant, Yunardi entered two garments , both of which won their respective section awards, as well as one winning the Supreme WOW Award.

The 2017 show features 104 finalist garments by 122 designers from 13 countries, competing for 37 awards. The WOW Awards Show is on now at TSB Bank Arena in Wellington until 8 October.

As the 2017 Supreme Award Winner, Yunardi will take home NZD30,000 as well as a further NZD12,000 for winning two Section Awards. With a 20-year career in designing millinery and fashion accessories, Jakarta -based Yunardi has a recognised career in design. He is one of the few designers who entered two garments this year:
• Encapsulate : First in the Open Section and Winner of the Supreme WOW Award
• Cosmos : First in the Avant-garde Section

WOW’s Founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff says, “We are delighted to have such a distinguished designer winning two section awards, as well as the Supreme WOW Award. WOW has worked hard to reach out to designers around the world, and it’s exciting when they agree to step into our world. Rinaldy Yunardi joins a stellar line-up of New Zealand and international designers who have won awards at WOW in its 29-year history.”

Yunardi says both his WOW garments are inspired by the universe being a well-ordered whole, encapsulating a system of thought, reason and emotions. Encapsulate is a particularly striking design of a capsule in two halves, made of plastic ropes and LEDs. Cosmos is a full-body black and silver garment with elaborate headdress, made of mesh crystals, plastic rope and metal.

Moncrieff says the judges were particularly impressed by Yunardi’s design aesthetic, for its exceptional strength in simplicity of design, and uniqueness of form.

The runnerup for the Supreme WOW Award is Refuse Refuge by Grace DuVal (Chicago, USA) which is also winner of the Sustainability Award. Made of bicycle inner tubes and spokes, DuVal says
“Refuse Refuge is a warrior woman, an alien human, building her future from the rubble of the earth’s past.”

DuVal chose tyre tubes because they are both resilient and mouldable, and there is a great surplus of them. “Every tube was pulled from the trash of bicycle shop s around Chicago. These materials that refuse to decompose will be all that we have left in the future,” she says.

2017 WOW Awards Section Winners
• Aotearoa New Zealand: Human Nature by Saar Snoek (Sellingen, Netherlands)
• Open: Encapsulate by Rinaldy Yunardi (Jakarta, Indonesia)
• Avant Garde: Cosmos by Rinaldy Yunardi (Jakarta, Indonesia)
• Red: Cube by Adam MacAlavey (London, UK)
• Illumination Illusion: Float, Fly, Flow – The Spirit of Waitomo by Maria Tsopanaki & Dimitri Mavinis (London, UK)
• Weta Workshop Costume & Film: Science Fiction – The Organ Farmer by Fifi Colston (Wellington, New Zealand)