WOW is just WOW!

Described as a rebellion against the mundane, the Brancott Estate World of WearableArt™ Awards Show bends traditional perceptions of art and fashion by choreographing garments into a visceral extravaganza that dazzles the senses and lifts the spirit.
(Media release Brancott Estate World of WearableArt Monday June 27th, 2011)

I have the great pleasure and honor of being a finalist in the Brancott World of WearableArt awards show.  My garment will be on the stage with 160 other wearable art pieces.  I am so excited!  What makes this very wonderful event even more exciting is, I get to attend the show!  While it would be wonderful to win such a prestigious contest, it is truly just an honor to be a finalist.  The amount of talent that goes to this show is unbelievable.  Truly inspiring and incredibly humbling.

Garments from previous shows can be seen throughout the website if you go to www.worldofwearableart.com/.  I encourage you all to check it out.  There will be something to inspire everyone.  Maybe even sign up to enter for next years WOW.  Below is the press release for the 2011 show.  I will have a full article and pictures come September after returning from New Zealand.  I’m so excited!

Monday 27  June, 2011
International student numbers soar in Brancott Estate WOW Show
A large number of international design students have been selected as finalists for this year’s Brancott Estate World of WearableArt™ (WOW) Awards Show.
Now in its 23rd year, the Brancott Estate WOW Awards Show is renowned around the world for showcasing works of art designed to be worn on the human form.
Competition Director Heather Palmer attributes the surge in international student submissions to the work Brancott Estate WOW Awards Show has done to build relationships with top design schools and industry leaders overseas.
“Over the last couple of years we have visited India and China, to show these countries what an amazing opportunity WOW is for their design students,” Palmer says. “Our goal is to encourage universities and design colleges around the world to embrace the competition as a tangible project for arts and design students, and this strategy is clearly working.
“We have built a strong relationship with the Fashion Design Council of India and have worked with them to coordinate Wearable Art as a subject in their design schools,” she says. “This year 10 out of the 17 entries from India were from students, so Wearable Art clearly resonates with these talented designers.
“Meanwhile, after visiting Shanghai last year, entries from China have doubled this year,” she says. “Five of those new entries came from Donghua University (formally China Textile University), which was one of the universities we visited, so it’s great to see the promotional work we are doing paying off.”
Palmer says we will continue our overseas presence to help promote the WOW Awards Show, and New Zealand’s creative industries.
“We are planning to visit India every two years and after this year’s show we will look into further options abroad.”
At this year’s Brancott Estate WOW Awards Shows in August and September, ingenious designs will again be brought to life in a stunning choreographed performance featuring Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers.
Joining WOW Founder Suzie Moncrieff on the judging panel are New Zealand fashion designer Trelise Cooper and New Zealand artist Nigel Brown, who finished the first round of judging on June 12th. There will be two further judging rounds in August to decide the section winners and the overall Supreme winner. Winners will be announced at the show’s award night, Friday 26th August.

5 Responses to “WOW is just WOW!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow Kirsten, congratulations! What an honor to be named a finalist in an event like this. What kind of garment did you create for this event?

  2. Kerry says:

    Congratulations Kirsten!  That’s fabulous news!  Which garment made
    it?  Taming the Garden or one of your other creations?  You’re going to have a
    fantastic time and this is so exciting.  I’m happy for you!


  3. Kirsten says:

    Thanks guy,
    Unfortunately, because of the contest rules I can’t name the garment or show pictures of it till after the contest is over.  But it’s the big white one I showed you in my portfolio, first page.  I can hardly stand the excitement.  I have been looking into  different places to stay in Nelson and Wellington.  Nelson is a half hour flight form Wellington and is the home of the WOW museum.  Wellington is the home of WETA, the costuming and scenery company that did the Lord Of the Rings movies.  I am hoping to get an invite to see them.  I would love to take every opportunity I can while I am there.  and lots of pictures.

  4. norelle kendrick says:

    congratulations Kirsten, I look forward to seeing your entry this year.I am also a finalist:)

    • Kirsten says:

      Oh that’s so cool!  Are you going to the show?  I am, but only because I have some wonderful friends who pulled some strings for me.  I hope to see you there.  I am also going to get a tour of the WETA cave and museum.  You know, the folks who did Lord of the Rings.  I won’t be able to see the workrooms because of confidentiality clauses but just getting to see the facility will be a big deal for a clothing a costumer like me.  I am hoping to beg to work in one of the shops for a day but I don’t see that happening.  Would be really cool though.  Hope to see you there.