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Auck­land de­sign­ers took their share of the lime­light with wacky and in­spired cre­ations at the 20th World of Wear­ableArt awards.

The win­ners were an­nounced on Fri­day and al­though top hon­ours went to a Welling­ton de­signer, sev­eral Auck­land pieces won their cat­e­gories.

West­mere de­signer Rod­ney Leong’s three-piece cre­ation, Con­ver­sa­tions With Guggenheim, won the Cen­trePort In­spired by Ar­chi­tec­ture sec­tion.

Mr Leong, who won the Mon­tana WOW Supreme Award in 2006, based his de­sign on the nau­tilus shell, which was the start­ing point for the Guggenheim Mu­seum in New York.

Grey Lynn team Paula Coulthard and Ur­sula Dixon, who won last year’s supreme award, cre­ated an­other walk­ing work of art called Loaded.

The piece was run­ner-up in the Amer­i­can Ex­press Open Sec­tion and the fash­ion de­signer and stylist scoured rub­bish col­lec­tions for cof­fee sacks, mat­tresses, fur­ni­ture and seat­belts, and then piled them into a 25kg load.

The aim was to demon­strate that every­one is us­ing more of the world’s re­sources than they need and than can be sus­tained.

De­signer Su­san Holmes of Beach Haven has been en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion since it started and won the supreme award in 1996.

This year, she in­her­ited a pile of wool and straw hats which in­spired her en­sem­ble, Hat Cou­ture, win­ner of the Tourism New Zealand Avant Garde sec­tion.

This year’s judges were Jeff Thom­son, fash­ion de­signer Liz Find­lay from Zam­bezi and Suzie Mon­crieff.

The supreme award went to Welling­ton-based Weta Work­shop cos­tume de­signer Na­dine Jaggi for her avian­in­spired cre­ation, Or­nitho Maia.

Photo: MARTIN DE RUYTER

Heavy load: Lucy Aitchi­son mod­els Loaded cre­ated by Ur­sula Dixon and Paula Coulthard of Grey Lynn at the Mon­tana World of Wear­ableArt awards.

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