Nelson Designer takes Supreme Award at the 2015 WOW Awards Show

Tuesday 29th September 2015

For the third year in a row a New Zealand Designer has taken out the top prize at the World of WearableArt Awards Show. Nelson based designer Peter Wakeman has walked away with the 2015 Brancott Estate Supreme WOW® Award at Friday night's 27th show, taking home $30,000 in prizes.

The stunning entry "Diva’s Dreamscape" was entered in the Creative Excellence Section: Architecture and is a clever interpretation of the Art Deco era of design. Made of stainless steel, wood and Peter’s trade mark fibreglass, the garment impressed the judges with its exquisite workmanship.

Dame Suzie Moncrieff noted that this year’s Supreme WOW® Award Winner has a clear artistic integrity and responded perfectly to the brief for the Creative Excellence Section. "Diva’s Dreamscape" really is a stunning piece of art, it has a strong simplicity that works perfectly from every angle. The use of such hard materials to create a sophisticated garment demonstrates great skill and creative ability."

This is the third time that Peter has entered WOW® and the second time he has won a prize, he was named Runner Up to the Supreme Award Winner in 2013 for his pink fibre glass creation "Chica under Glass".

The Runner Up to the Brancott Estate Supreme Award hails from Shanghai in China. Xi Zhang a student from Donghua University won with her striking garment "Deadly Beauty". Entered in the Wellington Airport Avant Garde Section this garment is made from feathers, beads and mesh cloth, it has a strong sculptural shape that impressed the judges with its intense colour palette and powerful stage presence.

The guest judges sculptor, Greer Twiss and fashioned designer, Denise L’Estrange Corbet joined the Founder of WOW® Dame Suzie Moncrieff, on the panel. The decision-making was unanimous and every garment that had been selected to compete on stage and be modelled in the WOW® show, was of an extremely high calibre.

Dame Suzie Moncrieff and Peter Wakeman

Diva's Dreamscape by Peter Wakeman, New Zealand 

Baldwins are proud partners of the The World of WearableArt™ Awards Show, having worked together with WOW® for over 20 years to protect the unique identity of this iconic event. The World of WearableArt™ Awards Show is New Zealand’s single largest arts show, and this season’s production is the competition’s 27th show.

It is a truly world-class event, and a competition open to designers throughout the world. This year’s show season is another sell-out, as nearly 50,000 show-goers from all over the world witness the breathtaking, two-hour spectacular of art, theatre, dance, and music, bringing to life 107 incredible designs. This high-energy show tells a powerful visual story, around the top designs chosen from several hundred as competitors take to the stage.

Dame Suzie Moncrieff created the WOW® concept in 1987 to challenge designers to take "art off the wall and onto the human form". Designers come from all occupations, from many different backgrounds and from around the world. WOW® gives designers the opportunity to be innovative and original, while not being bound by the constraints of commercialism. The only limit is imagination.

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