Art on your sleeve

The Cook Strait ferry is the perfect way to travel from Wellington – the new home of the World of Wearable Art Awards – to Nelson, where it all began.

Art meets fashion and fantasy in the World of Wearable Art Awards – an annual event showcasing the bold, beautiful and bizarre.

Since its beginnings as a promo stunt for a small gallery near Nelson in 1987, WOW has evolved into a major highlight on the New Zealand arts calendar.

To make the event more accessible to larger audiences, the organisers recently took WOW across Cook Strait and it’s now based in Wellington. Over 50,000 people attend the 12-show season in September.

If you’re in the Deep South this month you can check out some of the crazy creations from past years at Off the Wall: Wearable Art Up Close, showing at Southland Museum and Art Gallery.

Discover the stories behind some of the most iconic Wearable Art garments in an exhibition that took renowned special effects agency 3D Creative 18 months to produce.

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