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38 garments in Te Papa’s WOW exhibition

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A new exhibition with the WOW factor has opened at Te Papa, offering a view of wearable art from around the world. World of WearableArt – Up Close (Ao KākahuToi – Kia Tata) is a new exhibition featuring garments from World of WearableArt, the world’s leading wearable art competition, founded in New Zealand.

The summer exhibition opens at Te Papa on Saturday and closes on Sunday 14 February.

Local creators with garments in the exhibition were joining WOW founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff for an opening party on Friday night to start the exhibition’s season off in flamboyant style. She said it was exciting to see the exhibition in Te Papa.

“The colour, the creativity, and the optimism of WOW is just what New Zealanders need right now,” Dame Suzie said.

Te Papa Chief Executive | Tumu Whakarae Courtney Johnston said the exhibition offers a unique experience. “It’s long been our ambition to work with WOW on an exhibition of this scale and this crazy year has given us the chance to do that. This is a brand new exhibition, created by WOW for Te Papa.”

In World of WearableArt – Up Close, visitors can get see 38 stunning garments in an immersive environment of light and colour. The garments include an avant-garde piece woven from 500 abandoned music festival tents, and a wearable Axminster carpet inspired by Frida Kahlo.

Garments come from New Zealand designers, and from as far as China, Indonesia and Poland.

WOW is an internationally renowned wearable art competition that each year attracts entries from over 40 countries. Its 2020 competition and show in Wellington were cancelled due to covid-19.

David Tingey, World of WearableArt Chief Executive, says the WOW Awards Show will be back in 2021.

“This new exhibition lets people get experience the WOW phenomenon in a whole new way,” says David Tingey. “We look forward to sharing some of the most incredible garments that have adorned our stage, in a completely different environment.”

Alongside the exhibition, Te Papa will offer special events including floor talks, dinners and high teas.

“We know that WOW is a social occasion for lots of Kiwis,” says Courtney Johnston. “These events are a chance to celebrate the colour and creativity of the global WOW community.”

Ticket pricing

Adult $22.50, Child $7.50, Family (2 adults 2 children) $52.50, Concession $19.50.

Tickets for exhibition and special events on sale at www.worldofwearableart.com/wowupclose.
By the numbers

38 award-winning works of wearable art

8 countries of origin: Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, United States.

18 garments from New Zealand designers

500 abandoned tents used to make Woven In-tent

1987 The World of WearableArt was founded

39 designers in the exhibition

6 Supreme WOW Award-winning garments in the exhibition

Includes garments from 18 years of World of WearableArt