Saturday, September 14, 2013

The WOW Factor in Wellington and Nelson

It's World of Wearable Art time in Wellington again - this year the shows start on Sept 26 through to October 6.  The awards themselves are on Sept 27. 

Even if you haven't got tickets to the shows - there are still some nights available, including Saturday Oct 5 - it's still worth a trip to the capital city to see the WOW Window competition with 60 stores doing themed displays. 

Then there's the Wow Factor exhibition at Te Papa with a selection of garments from the past 25 years, going right back to that rainy day in Nelson when Dame Suzie Moncrieff kick-started an event that has become a major in the NZ fashion and art calendar. 

If that's not enough WOW for you, grab a flight to Nelson for a visit to the the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum. 

Rather strange bedfellows - Wearable Art and classic cars, but I guess if the guys don't want to see the wearable art (they should, they definitely should), they can slope off to the cars. 

The exhibits in the wearable art section are stunning. Designers from around the world want to be part of the annual Wearable Art awards.  The show started in Nelson, but these days it's staged in Wellington. The best of the collections are brought back here. The cars are a world class collection of rare and classic cars. Open 10-5 daily.

For more on Wellington's attractions go to 

and for Nelson there's a lot to learn at 

The World of Wearable Art website is at 

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