Bright colors, aerialists and of course, fashion. This is what I witnessed at the World of WearableArt Opening Night event hosted by the EMP Museum last night. The event included a super long entrance line into the venue, lobby music by Gretchen Yanover, signature drinks, a panel discussion with WOW founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff and designers Lynn Christiansen and Gillian Saunders and of course a walk through the exhibit.
Be sure to check out the World of WearableArt exhibit at the EMP Museum as soon as possible and be prepared to be totally inspired!
World of WearableArt – International Design Competition
Using the human body as a blank canvas designers create works of wearable art to be exhibited in the annual Awards Show. Designs are brought to life in this spectacular stage performance – a world where theatre, fashion and art collide. Held each year in September in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, this unique event draws an audience of over 55,000. The World of WearableArt® competition has encouraged an explosion of creative activity, inspiring designers from a wide range of backgrounds including art, fashion, textile and industrial design, jewelry, architecture, law and home making, to name a few. The range of garments produced for the event is simply breath taking, as the rules of competition mean that anything that is in any way wearable can find a place on stage, as long as it is original, beautifully designed and well-made. WOW® gives entrants freedom of expression without the constraints of commercialism it encourages lateral, original thinking and provides the opportunity to be innovative and inventive.
EMP is a leading-edge nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. With its roots in rock ‘n’ roll, EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower our visitors. At EMP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation, and scholarship to the popular culture of our time.