Five Australian designers have won awards at the World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards in Wellington, New Zealand. The 2019 Awards Competition and Show features 108 finalist garments by 115 designers from 22 countries and regions all vying for the opportunity to win one of 34 awards and a share of more than NZ$180,000 in prizes.

Kirsten Fletcher of Queensland won The Residency Experience Award with her garment Woven In-tent. The Residency Experience Award prize includes the opportunity for Kirsten to show up to five pieces of her work at the exclusive Residency Experience showroom in Los Angeles for a three-month period. Kirsten will also receive NZD $5,000, a $2,500 travel prize to allow her to visit The Residency showroom in L.A. and exposure on The Residency social channels.

Tara Morelos, Ahmad Mollahassani & Nelia Justo of Sydney came third in the Transform Section with their garment Infini-D.

Michelle Wade of New South Wales came third in the White Section with Enlightened, the garment she worked on with her New Zealand-based brother Adam Wade.


For three weeks every year, the internationally renowned wearable art competition showcases the finalist entries in a spectacular theatrical show in New Zealand’s vibrant capital city of Wellington. An audience of around 60,000 people are expected to attend the 2019 World of WearableArt Awards Show season, with many travelling from around New Zealand and the world to attend this must-see annual event.

This year’s Supreme WOW Award winner is The Lady Warrior by Rinaldy Yunardi of Jakarta, Indonesia. This is the second time Rinaldy has been crowned Supreme WOW Award winner – he first won in 2017 for his garment Encapsulate, which was also the Open Section Award winner.

For more info head to: worldofwearableart.com

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