World of Wearable Art

World of WearableArt (WOW) is an internationally recognised[1] design competition, attracting entries from more than 40 countries each year.[2] The competition features wearable art entries, which are judged on durability, the safety and comfort of the models, and the impact of the design on the stage.[1] During the three weeks of the competition, around 60,000 people attend the event in Wellington.[1]

Nelson, New Zealand hosted the World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum (WOW) devoted to wearable art and classic car.[3] It opened in October 2001. The museum exhibits garments from the World of WearableArt Awards Show, along with a collection of around 140 classic cars.[1] The museum closed in May 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand, but may reopen after a year to 18 months.[4]

The World of WearableArt show for 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19 and was replaced by an exhibit in Wellington.[5]

World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum

The Museum showcased two collections that "collide in a celebration of design, innovation and wonder". There are over 60 wearable art garments alongside more than 140 classic cars in total.[3]


  1. Shaeffer, Claire B. (January 2020). "Out of This World Costumes". Threads Magazine (206): 34–39.
  2. "About". World of WearableArt.
  3. "Museum". World of WearableArt.
  4. Newman, Tim (22 May 2020). "World of WearableArt to slash two thirds of workforce". Stuff.
  5. "Covid-19: World of Wearable Art show becomes exhibit". RNZ. 31 August 2020. Retrieved 1 February 2021.