Wearable Art Exhibition goes on tour

Wearable Art on show at Auckland Museum

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 05:00 22/02/2013
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WOW: Pieces from World of Wearable Art's Off The Wall showcase currently on display at Auckland Museum.
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FACE OF ART: WOW's founder, Dame Suzie Moncrieff, hopes the show will help explain what wearable art is.

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According to the World of Wearable Art founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff, world peace is just an inventive outfit away.

"Imagine a world where everyone was original, they all wore amazing wearable art inspired creations. I don't think there would be any wars, everyone would be too busy constructing their next dream," she said. 

"I think there is a small percentage of people wearing interesting fashion but sadly I'd say 90 per cent run with the sheep and all look the same."

Aucklanders will be able to see how they measure up when WOW's Off The Wall exhibition opens for a month at Auckland Museum today.  

The exhibition, which has been put together by Dame Suzie and WETA's Sir Richard Taylor, features 30 of the best WOW garments.

"It was an extremely difficult process to narrow it down. In the end we've brought together an interesting cross section of materials and innovative works that help explain what wearable art is and show the high calibre of work that is selected each year for the WOW shows," said Dame Suzie.

WOW was first staged in 1987, and since the annual show moved from Nelson to Wellington in 2005 the audience has grown from 8,000 to 47,000 people each year. 

Meanwhile, the Off The Wall exhibition has been touring New Zealand since December 2011 and has been seen by 230,000 people.

Visitors to the travelling exhibition will get to see the garments up close and discover the back stories of each work. Dame Suzie will also host a free expert session with competition director Heather Palmer and WOW designer Fifi Colston on Saturday at 2pm.

Auckland Museum will showcase two special garments by wearable arts designer Susan Holmes from its own collections alongside the main exhibition.

Holmes' work "Firebird" is one of the featured Off The Wall designs but Auckland Museum, which holds nine of her garments in its own collections, will also display Night Moth and the Magic Feather Dress in its Encounters Gallery.

Off The Wall exhibition

WHEN: February 22 - March 24

WHERE: Auckland Museum

Entry is free

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