What’s On: 2024 World of WearableArt (WOW) Show: DREAM AWAKE


Oizys – Goddess of Emotion, Abhishek Chauhan, India

Be prepared to enter a spectacular dreamscape made from wearable art from around the world.

What: 2024 World of WearableArt (WOW) Show: DREAM AWAKE
When: September 26th – October 13th, 2024
Where: Wellington’s TSB Arena

Tickets on sale now.

The 2024 WOW Show: DREAM AWAKE will bring the magic and vibrancy of WOW back to the heart of Wellington from 26 September to 13 October, delivering a mesmerising journey into a world between worlds at the TSB Arena.

This year’s show will consist of six awe-inspiring dreamscapes directly influenced by the competition design themes. The audience will become time travellers and experience visually stunning worlds spun by a mysterious and magical visionary.

A new stage design and storeys-high audio visual are aiming to bring the wearable art garments closer than ever.

Blooming Proof!, Erna Van Der Wat, Joanne Van Wyk & Lena Van Der Wat, New Zealand

Over $185,000 of awards and prizes are up for grabs this year, across six section categories. This includes three recurring sections – Aotearoa, Avant-garde and Open – and three unique categories this year: Crazy Curiosities of the Creature Carnival, Natural World and Geometric Abstraction.

WOW’s Head of Competition Sarah Nathan says this year has attracted a phenomenal quality of international entries, with Aotearoa-based designers having until the start of May to enter their garments.

“We already have quite the competition on our hands, and there’s a lot more to come in. The introduction of a new Transformation Innovation Award has been an exciting development, with designers really rising to the challenge to create garments that completely transform onstage,” Nathan says.

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