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Nelson designers wow Wellington

Last updated 07:51 28/09/2012

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The 24th annual Brancott Estate World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards have kicked off for 2012, in front of a packed out TSB Arena crowd of 3800 people in Wellington.

The two-hour show encompasses art, theatre, dance and music, but the 164 garments, designed by both amateurs and professionals, are the real stars of the show.

Tickets have sold out for each night of the show up until the final on October 7, but if you don't mind going solo, there are a couple of single seats available each night, organisers say.

The winners will be announced after tomorrow's show.

Nelson had 14 garments by 11 designers chosen for this year's show. Five of them were bizarre bra section entries, with names like Bosom Buddies, Braometer and Buxus Lass. 

The other designers of the Nelson garments are: Sabine Bender, Kerrie Williams, Emma Vitz, Mike Ward, Nicki van Asch, Cassandra Thomson, Gillian Saunders, Julie Brawley, Sophie Collie and Sue Henderson.

WOW founder Suzie Moncrieff, who created WOW in Nelson in 1987 to take ''art off the wall and onto the human form'', is already pleased with this year's talent.

''The sheer brilliance of the garments, the stunning sets and the choreography come together to make this year's show another outstanding success.''

The show features a variety of performances, including a UV display of illuminated garments.

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