World of WearableArt

The World of WearableArt show combines fashion and art with dance, music and lighting.

Revive (2012) by Mengue Wu and Yuru Ma, China.

2012 Supreme Award runner-up and Avant Garde winner 'Revive', by Mengue Wu and Yuru Ma, China


The World of WearableArt season is from late September to early October each year.

Once described as "Mardi Gras meets Haute Couture at a Peter Gabriel concert directed by Salvador Dali," World of WearableArt twists conventional perceptions of art and fashion.

Unique works of art are designed for the moving body and individually choreographed into a two-hour theatrical show. Each year's performance is original and contains elements of music, dance, lighting, drama and comedy.

The show selects around 150 garment entries from designers in New Zealand and around the world and each two-hour performance celebrates them through a montage of colour, movement and art.

World of WearableArt


First held in 1987, the World of WearableArt began as a promotion for a rural art gallery in Nelson. Growing in appeal each year, both locally and internationally, the show moved to Wellington in 2005 and now attracts an audience of 30,000 people per season.

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Phone: 04 916 1205