World of WearableArt Awards: The winners for 2017

  • 23/09/2017
'Encapsulate' was the supreme winner.
'Encapsulate' was the supreme winner. Photo credit: Rinaldy Yunardi

An internationally renowned Indonesian accessories designer, five Australians and an up-and-coming local have all picked up awards in this year's World of WearableArt Awards in Wellington.

Rinaldy Yunardi took out the supreme aware with 'Encapsulate', a garment shaped like a capsule in two halves, made of plastic ropes and LEDs, which also won the open section.

'Encapsulate'. Photo credit: Rinaldy Yunardi.

Jakarta-based Yunardi is a first timer to WOW but is a recognised designer. He was one of the few to enter two garments in the show.

His other one 'Cosmos', a full-body black and silver garment with elaborate headdress, made of mesh crystals, plastic rope and metal won the avant-garde section.

'Cosmos'. Photo credit: Rinaldy Yunardi

The 2017 show features 104 finalist garments by 122 designers from 13 countries, competing for 37 awards.

Yunardi said both his WOW garments were inspired by the universe being a well-ordered whole, encapsulating a system of thought, reason and emotions.

The runner-up to the supreme award is 'Refuse Refuge' by Grace DuVal from Chicago, which is also winner of the sustainability award.

'Refuse Refuge'.
'Refuse Refuge'. Photo credit: Grace DuVal

She used bicycle inner tubes pulled from the trash of Chicago bicycle shops and spokes to create an alien warrior woman.

Five Australian designers won four awards.

'Mollusca' by R R Pascoe (Blue Mountains, NSW) won the international award: Australia and Pacific section, 'Cordycephila' by Svenja (Hawthorne, Brisbane, QLD) was second in the science fiction section, 'Lux Operon 1.3' by Erica Gray (Gold Coast, QLD) was runner-up in the wearable technology award and 'Tears of the Nudibranch' by Sarah Seahorse and 'Luna Aquatica' (Melbourne, VIC) was third in the illumination section.

Kate Fisher from Wellington won the student innovation award with 'Does This Suit Me?', which was second in the red section.

'Does This Suit Me?'
'Does This Suit Me?' Photo credit: Kate Fisher

A garment made with belts was chosen by WOW founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff as the garment that epitomises the WOW spirit. The garment '222 Buckle Belts' was designed by Annina Gull from Switzerland.

WOW's 2017 judges were Dame Suzie, fashion designer and artist Kerrie Hughes, artist Michel Tuffery, Weta Workshop's Sir Richard Taylor, Cirque du Soleil's Valerie Desjardins and David Jones' Teneille Ferguson.