11 make WOW finals
Local designers set for Wellington showcaseANNA PEARSON
Nelson has 14 garments by 11 designers chosen for this year's Brancott Estate World of WearableArt Awards Show.
Guest judges Auckland sculptor Gregor Kregar and Christchurch fashion designer Takaaki Sakaguchi judged 327 entries alongside WOW founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff in Nelson earlier this month, choosing 164 finalists by 168 designers.
Sir Richard Taylor will join the three judges for two final rounds of judging in September, when the section winners and the overall Supreme winner will be decided.
The designers behind the Nelson garments are: Sabine Bender, Kerrie Williams, Emma Vitz, Mike Ward, Nicki van Asch, Mary Turner, Cassandra Thomson, Gillian Saunders, Julie Brawley, Sophie Collie and Sue Henderson.
Five of them were picked for their Bizarre Bra Section entries, with names like Bosom Buddies, Braometer and Buxus Lass.
Vitz, of Tahunanui, and van Asch, of The Wood, are eligible for first-time entrant awards.
WOW competition director Heather Palmer said the Tourism New Zealand Avant Garde Section and the American Express Open Section were the biggest this year.
“This year's judges say that the successful finalists have provided fresh ideas, a mix of edginess and sensitivity, and innovative approaches to section themes," Ms Palmer said.
"The use of materials and construction techniques across the board is also quite incredible. There is the use of electronics, taxidermy, synthetic and human hair, wood, and almost every fabric and textile you can imagine,” she said.
The garments would be brought to life in a two-hour spectacle of art, theatre, dance and music, with The Brancott Estate WOW Awards Show working with composer and musician Gareth Farr, choreographers Michael Parmenter and Tanemahuta Gray, Footnote Dance Company, Vector Wellington Orchestra and the New Zealand School of Dance.
The show opens on September 27 and runs until October 7 at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington.
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