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