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THREE DECADES OF WOW

It’s been 30 years since the first World Of Wear­ableart show took place in a tent near Nel­son in 1987. Since then, WOW has gone from strength to strength, mov­ing to Welling­ton in 2005 to be­come New Zealand’s largest an­nual the­atri­cal pro­duc­tion, at­tract­ing a to­tal au­di­ence of nearly 60,000 across 16 shows at home each year.

Each WOW event re­ceives up to 300 en­tries from 40 coun­tries, with gar­ments of­ten made by sculp­tors, ar­chi­tects, en­gi­neers and jewellers rather than fashion de­sign­ers. There’s now a per­ma­nent WOW de­sign mu­seum in Nel­son.

WOW has taken its show far and wide in re­cent years, too. Af­ter a few mini-shows in cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong and San Francisco, in 2015 WOW went on to tour Aus­tralia. It was also ex­hib­ited at three mu­se­ums in the US – Bishop Mu­seum Hawaii, MOPOP in Seat­tle, and fi­nally Pe­abody Es­sex Mu­seum in Salem. The tour­ing show has been seen by more than 600,000 peo­ple so far.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is cur­rently “rest­ing” in the US as it waits for its fi­nal itin­er­ary for next year, which will in­clude more venues in the US, Europe and then Asia.

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