Doing loop-de-loops

17:00, Sep 24 2010
WOW Winners 2010
2010 Montana Supreme World of WearableArt Award: Loops, Yogesh Chaudhary and Manas Barve, India. Also winner of the American Express Open Section.
WOW Winners 2010
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CentrePort Illumination Illusion Section: The Cycle Of A Fungus, by Dimitri Jagtenberg, Netherlands
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World of WearableArt and Classic Cars Museum Bizarre Bra Section: Every Rose Has Its Thorns, by Violet Oliver, Auckland.
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Air New Zealand South Pacific Section: Mana Uha, by Olivia Hall, Nelson
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Gen-i Creative Excellence Section: Art of Light: Lady La La, by Dinah and Mark Walker, Auckland.
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Weta Award, awarded by Sir Richard Taylor: Put A Cork In It, by Sean Purucker, USA.
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Booker Spalding First Time Entrant Award: Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Eve Gilliland, Otaki.

A pair of Indian designers wooed by Wellington's world-class costume extravaganza have taken the top award at the Montana World of WearableArt.

First-time entrants Yogesh Chaudhary and Manas Barve won the Montana Supreme Award, the American Express Open Section and $30,000 worth of prizes at last night's awards ceremony for their innovative garment Loops.

Made entirely of merino wool felt, Loops was created with laser-cutting and seamless knitting – no thread or glue was used in its construction. Its interlaced panels cover the model's whole body.

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Mana Uha, Olivia Hall, Nelson
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A Bid For Freedom, Kate Hellyar, Leeston
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Big Top, Garth Lovatt, Auckland
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Caught in the Maelstrom, Marie-Gant-Roxburgh, Christchurch
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Chameleon chic, Faye Harkness, Christchurch
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Ecdysis, Boonie and Christine-White, Australia
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Every Rose Has It's Thorns, Violet Olivier, Auckland
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Gift of Perspective, Lyndal Linton, Wellington
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Gondwana, Susan Holmes, Auckland
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Flying Bustresses by Mark Crocker
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Horridus, Lynn Christiansen, USA
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Just Hare Say, Keryn Whitney Hastings
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Lady Curiosity, Fifi Colston, Wellington
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Lady-La-La, Dinah and Mark Walker, Auckland
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Loops, Yogesh Chaudhary and Manas Barve, India
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Mamita, Alejandra Nieuwenhuizen, Netherlands
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Mana-Uha, Olivia Hall, Nelson
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Packed, Elizabeth Geenty, Wellington
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Promiscua-le-Plus-Grande, Mike Ward, Nelson
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Put a Cork in It, Sean Purucker
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Shubia, Thilini Senaratharachchi, Sri Lanka.
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Smouldering Energy, Loren Shields, Wellington
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Take-off, Jenny Judge, Waitakere
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The Ring Mistress, Richelle Dynae-Rudeen, United Kingdom
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Toys Are Us, Norelle Kendrick, Nelson
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Who's the Pest I am the Pest, Beatrice Carlson, Auckland
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Wins Space, Swati Gupta, India (centre) and Loops, Yogesh
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Wood, Wire, Fire, David Walker, USA
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You Don't Bring Me Flowers, Catherine Anderton, Wellington
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Zazel, Kathryn Preston & Angie Robinson, Christchurch

Chaudhary said he and Barve both valued sustainability. "Loops is a garment which demonstrates an organic sense of wholeness."

Their work was one of a record 23 entries from India this year. Renowned designer Vivan Sundaram and his partner Pratima Pandey entered seven pieces – the highest number of garments from a single entrant in the show's history.

Founder Suzie Moncrieff and her sister, competition director Heather Palmer, have gone to India three times to spread the WOW word. On their last trip, they ran a stall at India's equivalent of Fashion Week, where they displayed previous entries and screened a DVD about the show. Ms Moncrieff said Loops was "unlike anything we'd ever seen before".

A creation by Yogesh Chaudhary and Manas Barve
A pair of Indian designers wooed by Wellington's world-class costume extravaganza have taken the top award at the Montana World of WearableArt.

This is the second consecutive year an international designer has won the top prize, after David Walker became the first foreign Supreme Award winner with Lady of the Wood. His latest entry, Wood, Wire and Fire, was commended in the Gen-I section.

International designers won 13 of the 35 prizes, but Ms Moncrieff said Kiwi entrants still had the competitive edge. "They know WOW."

Next year's show will be held in August, because of the Rugby World Cup.

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