World of WearableArt Awards Show 2014
2014 Brancott Estate Supreme WOW® Award winner
WOW!-ed by the 2014 World of WearableArt(TM) Awards Show
Loosely themed around moving pictures WOW® has plenty to entertain even without the incredible creations being modeled alongside the performances. The show opened with a fun Trapeze and Aerials act which was followed by atmospheric dance pieces and futuristic scenes involving mirrors and video. The spaghetti western “Bras of Zorro” sequence was a stand out as was the Eastern themed finale with an incredible martial arts demonstration.
It would have been easy to loose sight of the actual competition entries amongst all the other theatrics if they hadn't been so outstanding. My personal favorite was the “Flock Frock”, from Australian designer Philippa Stichbury. Made from wool, balsa, cardboard, hessian and steel this entry had a farmhouse bodice and a paddock full of sheep for a skirt. I also loved New Zealander Rebecca Bond's “Boys will be Bouys”, a Bizzare Bra section entry. What's not to love about 3 gorgeous guys chained together with plastic bouys stuck to their chests.
The Spark Creative Excellence section was dedicated to wind. Electric fans were used to inflate costumes into amorphous, misshapen forms that flapped and floated across the stage in strange and delightful ways. The breathtaking results of such a simple concept made this another highlight for me.
The show lasted 2 hours without an intermission and I could easily have watched another 2 hours, even on the less than comfortable seating at the TSB Arena. By the end of the night my hands were smarting from all the clapping and my only regret was not shelling out more money for a better seat.
The 2014 WOW® Awards Show runs from 25 September until 12 October at the TSB Arena in Wellington. Ticket prices range from $NZ165 down to $NZ50 for seats with restricted views. More information about the competition can be found at http://worldofwearableart.com.