Cantabs WOW judges

GEORGINA STYLIANOU
Last updated 05:00 29/09/2012
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ROADKILL BRA: Tarikura Kapea models the hedgehog bra, which won Claire Third, a taxidermist from Lyttelton, the World of WearableArt bizarre bra section.
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LOST BIRDS: Jo Drysdall, of Christchurch, won first place in the illumination illusion section for her garment, Shanachie for Lost Birds.

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Bras and illumination seem to be Canterbury's thing - with four local designers winning World of WearableArt (WOW) awards.

The 2012 awards were announced in Wellington last night, and two Canterbury designers took first place in their categories, one was second and another received an honourable mention.

Lyttelton taxidermist Clare Third won the WOW bizarre bra section for her creation, Epicentre Divas, an undergarment made of hedgehogs, fabrics and jewels.

She described her garment as “taxidermy meets fashion meets reverence” and received $4000.

It was Third's first WOW entry.

“These hedgehog epicentre quake survivors continued their garden and street night lives until the ever-changing roads finally struck upon them a fatal hazard on a moonlit night,” she said.

Jo Drysdall was first in the illumination illusion section for her garment, Shanachie for Lost Birds, and took home $6000.

Papanui artist Janice Elliot was second in the illumination category for a garment made out of fabric, felt, elastic and cardboard. She has won four WOW awards since 2006.

Donna Allfrey, a second-time WOW entrant from Christchurch, received an honourable mention in the bra section for her unusual creation called Typecast.

The piece was made from a typewriter, belts and bells.

“I wanted to create a cheeky little number put in a new role dominating the office gossip,” she said.

Seven other Canterbury designers were in the finals this year and all attended the show last night.

WOW founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff said the 2012 winners had shown “outstanding artistic brilliance”.

This year there were a total of 164 garments by 168 designers chosen as finalists.

Two Chinese student designers won first and second place in the WOW supreme award. Two Nelson designers and one Southland designer also won awards.

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