New Zealand designer is 2015 WOW Supreme Award winner

For the third year in a row a New Zealand designer has taken out the top prize at the incredible World of WearableArt Awards Show.

Nelson based designer Peter Wakeman has walked away with the 2015 Brancott Estate Supreme WOW Award at tonight’s 27th show, taking home $30,000 in prizes.

The stunning entry “Diva’s Dreamscape” was entered in the Creative Excellence Section: Architecture and is a clever interpretation of the Art Deco era of design. Made of stainless steel, wood and Peter’s trademark fibreglass, the garment impressed the judges with its exquisite workmanship.

Dame Suzie Moncrieff noted that this year’s Supreme WOW Award Winner has a clear artistic integrity and responded perfectly to the brief for the Creative Excellence Section. “Diva’s Dreamscape really is a stunning piece of art, it has a strong simplicity that works perfectly from every angle. The use of such hard materials to create a sophisticated garment demonstrates great skill and creative ability.”

This is the third time that Peter has entered WOW and the second time he has won a prize, he was named Runner Up to the Supreme Award Winner in 2013 for his pink fibre glass creation “Chica under Glass”.

The Runner Up to the Brancott Estate Supreme Award hails from Shanghai in China. Xi Zhang a student from Donghua University won with her striking garment “Deadly Beauty”. Entered in the Wellington Airport Avant Garde Section this garment is made from feathers, beads and mesh cloth, it has a strong sculptural shape that impressed the judges with its intense colour palette and powerful stage presence.

The guest judges sculptor, Greer Twiss and fashioned designer, Denise L’Estrange Corbet joined the Founder of WOW Dame Suzie Moncrieff, on the panel. The decision-making was unanimous and every garment that had been selected to compete on stage and be modelled in the WOW show, were of an extremely high calibre.

Background Info

The World of WearableArt Awards Show is New Zealand’s single largest arts show, and this season’s production is the competition’s 27th show. It is a truly world-class event, and a competition open to designers throughout the world. This year’s show season is another sell-out, as nearly 50,000 show-goers from all over the world witness the breathtaking, two-hour spectacular of art, theatre, dance, and music, bringing to life 158 incredible designs.

This high-energy show tells a powerful visual story, around the top designs chosen from several hundred as competitors to take to the stage. Dame Suzie Moncrieff created the WOW concept in 1987 to challenge designers to take “art off the wall and onto the human form”. Designers come from all occupations, from many different backgrounds and from around the world. WOW gives designers the opportunity to be innovative and original, while not being bound by the constraints of commercialism. The only limit is imagination.

2015 World of WearableArts Highlights

A total of 107 entries by 124 designers (some worked in pairs on one entry) appeared in this year's show to compete for a prize pool of 40 awards with a combined value of NZ$165,000.

International designers - from Shanghai, Australia, Hong Kong (China), Japan, USA, UK and Poland - took 24 awards for 18 designs, while 13 New Zealand-designed garments won 15 awards.