If you’re looking for an inspiring adventure to undertake this summer or autumn, look to the EMP Museum in Seattle. Starting July 2, 2016 and continuing for seven months, World of WearableArt (WOW) has an exhibition there that you won’t want to miss.
If you’re unfamiliar with WOW, it is an international design competition that gives designers free creative reign in creating works of wearable art. Anything goes, as long as it can be worn in some way. These works are exhibited in an annual awards show which brings together theatre, fashion, and art into a truly incomparable stage presentation.
The show will feature 32 outstanding pieces from WOW, including winners for the past 12 years, as well as an audio-visual presentation, an interactive design workroom, and a mobile app to connect viewers with more information about garments and designers. According to WOW, “Garment highlights include Gothic Habit, a three-dimensional replica of a Gothic cathedral by American designer Lynn Christiansen; Persephone’s Descent, a suit of armor made by Stuart Johnson, a New Zealand blacksmith and weapons maker for the Lord of the Rings movies; and Lady of the Wood, a replica 17th-century ballgown made of mahogany, lacewood, maple, and cedar, by Alaskan carpenter David Walker. There will also be a special display of pieces from the much-loved Bizarre Bra section.” Sounds pretty unmissable to me!
Interested in creating some wearable art of your own? Check out Woven to Wear, a book full of creative and customizable woven garments.