The world of WearableArt…

Bishop Museum will be the first museum in the U.S. to host the New Zealand-based World of WearableArt™ or WOW® exhibit. This high-caliber exhibit fusing fashion and art will come alive in the Castle Memorial Building from Oct. 3, 2015 through Feb. 1, 2016. World of WearableArt™ is presented by WOW® in partnership with the New Zealand Government.

The exhibit spotlights 32 award-winning garments from the international design competition hosted by WOW®, complemented with a number of interactive installations.

Where fashion and art collide

The competition attracts hundreds of entries worldwide from fashion designers, artists, costume-makers and other artisans who are charged with the mission to take “art off the wall and adorn onto the human form.”

Designers are instructed to create garments that are original, beautifully designed, well made and wearable. A wide array of materials are used to create the garments ranging from cable ties and kitchen utensils to auto trim and ceramics resulting in unique works of art.

2016 World of WearableArt Awards Competition

Calling all fashion designers, costume makers and artisans of all kinds!

2016 WOW Entry Kit

This year, there is a $130,000 prize pool!

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