The spectacle that is World of Wearable Arts is something not to be missed. I went for the first time three years ago, and hoping to go again this year. But as it sells out nearly every year, I will need to get myself organized and book now. Wellington comes alive (even more alive than usual) with all things WOW related and the city is fit to bursting with people who come from all around New Zealand and the world to not only show at WOW but to just be part of the experience. We talk to Taylor’s Vicki Taylor about her upcoming turn as a WOW judge and things she loves about Wellington…
The photographs are by Michelle Weir and were from a photographic exhibition at Britomart earlier in the year of previous WOW Award winners.
When was your first WOW?
WOW has always been on my radar. I first came across it when I was at design school in Melbourne and we were required to enter three external design competitions – I came across it as part of my research. Then ever since we had a Wellington store, which opened in 2009, we’ve participated in the window display competition.
This is my first year judging WOW, I was very honoured – I never in a million years thought I’d be asked.
What are you looking forward to most with this years WOW Awards?
Every year the entrants blow me away. What I’m looking forward to most as a judge is being about to get up close and see the garments. It’s one thing to see them on stage but being able to examine the intricate detail and the amount of work that goes into construction adds a whole new dimension to what you’re looking at.
Who are the other judges?
Dame Suzie Moncrieff and Jeff Thomson.
What will you be looking for in the WOW entries?
The thing with producing a design for WOW is that there has to be so many different aspects to it. It has to have an exceptional level of detail and immaculate construction, but stage presence also plays a big part and we don’t make the final decision until we’ve seen the designs in the show. So balancing both of those, plus some intrigue.
What is your favourite thing to do in Wellington?
Eat! Wellington has some fabulous restaurants and some new ones I’m desperate to try. The thing about Wellington is you get amazing food without the stitched up ambience – it’s very relaxed and fun. I love The Larder, Prefab Hall Coffee, Floriditas, WBC and The Capitol. I haven’t had much time down there to explore so I’m looking forward to trying more!
WOW this year is from 25th September til 12th October and you can buy tickets HERE