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World of WearableArt

Ed, Wiki, and Tipani have been to see the World of WearableArt Awards Show (WOW). They were excited to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of these awards and are looking forward to find out what the entries are like for this year.

Can you create a garment that transforms a character.

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The WOW website

The World of WearableArt™ website has information about the show that has enchanted thousands of spectators for the past 25 years. It has launched and enriched the careers of numerous designers, nationally and internationally

Winners of WoW

Winners of the annual awards can be found here.                                                          

Stories of Creativity

In collaboration with the World of WearableArt, Technolgy online presents Stories of Creativity – glimpses into the imagination, motivation and resourcefulness of wearable artists and the process they work though to design and construct their garment.

NZ fashion museum

The New Zealand fashion museum is for anyone with a love of fashion, heritage, innovation and creativity.

Technology Online

Wearable Art is a resource for students that has many examples of materials/textiles.

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Ideas for using recycled materials.

Make a list of the things that you use at home or school where there are leftovers or throwaways e.g.containers.

  • Used clothing
  • Milk cartons
  • Bottle tops
  • Envelopes
  • Shopping bags
  • Containers
  • Cartons
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Ice cream containers
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic utensils
  • Old cutlery
  • Old china

At the beach, in the countryside, or bush.

  • Shells
  • Driftwood
  • Flotsam - objects that have floated in on the tide
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Flowers - dried
  • Seeds or seedheads
  • Cones

Industrial - maybe you have a factory nearby.

  • Offcuts of materials including metal, wood, fabric, plastic, cardboard
  • Strips of things like plastic coated wire, copper
  • Straws, pottles, lids

Teachers you could:


  • Put a collection of recyclable objects into a bag (see the list below for ideas).
  • Ask the students to close their eyes and choose an object.
  • Get the students to think of ways they could use that object in a smaller piece of art.
  • Get the students to choose a favourite book and plan a costume that tells part or all of the story.
  • Next get them to think of ways they could use their object, or several of the same object to design a costume or part of a costume.
  • Ask the students to think of how they could add one or more other objects to make a more interesting design.
  • Get them to collect the objects they need to build their design.


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