Tuesday, 20 November 2012

World of Wearable Art, New Zealand

On a recent trip to NZ I was reminded how creative and artistic the Kiwis are.  The first encounter with their wry humour was with the Air New Zealand safety video, featuring the cast from The Hobbit - soon to be premiered in Wellington.  It is no mean feat to make a serious, dry message into a hilarious video that you can watch time and again  (check it out on You Tube).  Quite a contrast to the Qantas flight video using the cricket team!

This creative ingenuity emanated from the fact that for many years NZ was behind the times with fashion trends from Europe - forcing people to sew and experiment with making their own clothes.  This has spurned the amazing World of Wearable Art show which is now staged annually in Wellington.  These are some of my favourite creations by a really talented bunch of designers. 

Blow Me, by Wendy Burton and Patrick Duffy (alluding to Wellington's windy weather!)

Totally Sheepish, by Sarah Peacock

Milk Made, by Sharon Reid (made from recycled milk containers)

Dragged Through a Hedge, by Gillian Sauders

Holey Moley, by Ann Skelly
The show is currently on tour throughout NZ -find out more on: http://www.worldofwearableart.com/

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