World of WearableArt®

The Great Journeys of New Zealand is very proud to be a Major Partner of World of WearableArt®. WOW® is an international design competition & theatrical extravaganza. We both put the world’s best on show.


Bringing together the Greatest Stages on Earth

Our partnership with World of WearableArt brings together the greatest stages on earth. From the surreal and fantastic to the elegant and organic, our shared passion for taking people beyond the ordinary guides us on our journey together:

"There's a natural alignment between The Great Journeys of New Zealand and World of WearableArt. World of WearableArt gives designers a stage to showcase their work and we use New Zealand as the greatest stage on Earth."

- Ella Street, The Great Journeys of New Zealand 

The world's Greatest Stage for Designers

To bring our partnership to life, in 2019 we invited finalist designer Stephanie Cossens to join us on an Interislander journey through the Marlborough Sounds along with her award-winning garment, Kākāpō Queen. The surreal scene of Kākāpō Queen coming to life on one of our most beautiful stages was a spectacular and special moment. 

Stephanie Cossen's Kākāpō Queen appeared on stage in the Aotearoa section of the 2018 World of WearableArt Awards Show, coming second in the WETA Workshop Emerging Designer Award. Stephanie found inspiration for creating her garment from our beautiful big backyard, New Zealand.

“It was important for me to capture the strength and resilience of the Kākāpō as they have come back from the brink of extinction.  I wanted to be able to incorporate quite a sculptural element to my garment. I’m really interested in the relationship between the soft and textile aspect of the faux fur with this piece, and also incorporating the firm smoothness of the ceramics. It’s a nice juxtaposition of textures I enjoyed exploring.”

- Stephanie Cossens, Kākāpō Queen Designer 

 Stephanie Cossen's Kakapo Queen on stage in the Marlborough Sounds

2021 World of WearableArt Awards Show – 
Tickets on Sale Now! 

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The World of WearableArt Awards Show is back!

In 2021, you’ll be taken on a magical journey through a world inspired by the Elizabethan Era, be mesmerised as the stage explodes in a visual symphony of colour in the Monochromatic world, and be amazed as we see the human body used as an architectural canvas in the Architecture Section. You’ll venture beyond your wildest imagination and discover the unorthodox, radical and experimental world of Avant-garde, the boundaryless Open section and the world of Aotearoa that celebrates who we are as people and what makes us proud to be New Zealanders. This year, escape to another world and lose yourself in the breath taking creativity of the 2021 WOW Show.


On at TSB Arena Wellington, 30 September – 17 October 2021. Tickets on sale now from


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The World of WearableArt Awards Show (WOW®)

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