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The WOW Factor: 25 Years In The Making


Sat 24 Aug 2013, 10:00am–6:00pm
Tue 24 Sep 2013, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sun 6 Oct 2013, 10:00am–6:00pm

Where: Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: WorldOfWearableart

On August 24, the Eyelights Gallery at Te Papa on Wellington’s waterfront will open to the public at 10am, completely transformed.

Eyelights Gallery has always been dedicated to showcasing costumes and textiles from Te Papa’s collection – never from ‘external collections’, says the museum’s senior curator, Claire Regnault.

In a remarkable first, around 25 garments from World of WearableArt™ Awards Shows over the last 25 years will make up half the display. The other half will be an intriguing, previously secret collection of notes, sketches, miniature prop and set models and video footage behind the creation of the extravaganza that is a World of WearableArt Awards Show.

“The exhibition includes Bizarre Bra Section garments and a never before seen inside look at how the Bizarre Bra Section of a WOW show is put together. How a backdrop was filmed with a puppeteer and some of the sketches are of the costuming for the performers, drawn by costume-designer Elizabeth Whiting,” says Claire. The garments on display date right back to the first show in 1987 in Nelson, when the Supreme Winner was ‘Wild Walker’. “We will also have the 2010 Supreme Award winner, ‘Loops’, and the winner of the Weta Award in 2007, ‘Prehistoric Princess’.”

“We wanted to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of WOW and I believe we’ve selected just the right garments to highlight some key milestones through those years and certainly they show that WOW is an international competition and a global brand.”

During the exhibition, Te Papa will hold several public programmes including a talk by Dame Suzie Moncrieff in Te Papa’s Soundings Theatre. This will be in the early afternoon on Saturday, September 21.

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