For the uninitiated, WOW stands for the World of WearableArt which, at its heart, is an international design competition that attracts hundreds of entries from all over the world. But it is SO much more than that; it’s essentially a visually spectacular couple of hours of fashion, frivolity, dance and all-out entertainment, and what could be better than that? Mumpty was very fortunate to attend this year and it was BRILLIANT from start to finish.
The star of this year’s show, and indeed the MC, was a rather camp, sarcastic and totally fabulous Bengal Tiger, created by the magicians at WETA Workshop. He was magnificent and spent the show sitting languidly on his rock overlooking the festivities below.
The Brancott Estate Supreme WOW Award for 2016 went to an entry from a New Zealand designer, Gillian Saunders, called “Supernova”. Mumpty was lucky enough to have WONDERFUL seats right next to one of the “spokes” of the stage, so she saw the intricacies of the designer’s creations up close, and let me tell you – Supernova was a sparkling, decadent creation which well deserved the win! Now Mumpty loves a bit of bling, and Supernova most certainly delivered on that front – it was glitteringly, light-catchingly GORGEOUS! Supernova also deservedly took out the Avante Garde section as well.
The show was, of course, based on showcasing the WOW entries and they did an incredible job of making sure each and every outfit was able to be viewed by everyone, no matter where they were in the venue. As I mentioned, I had a super-duper seat so I could see everything up close. If you’re going to attend, I really do recommend you spend a bit extra on good seats – you will appreciate it more – trust me. But it wasn’t just the outfits that were featured – WOW really is a extravaganza of entertainment and the show boys and girls went all-out to create a truly spectacular show.
I have to mention here, just briefly, Hannah Tasker-Poland. Until WOW, I had never seen Hannah dance live before, and she is, quite simply, ridiculously talented. Don’t want to gush, so I will stop there.
One of Mumpty’s favourite sections of the show was the Bizarre Bra section, where designers were tasked with reinventing the humble bra – and man, do some people have a wild imagination! Check this out …
Cool huh! Another of my favourites was two poached eggs, and the bit that went around the back was a metal spatula! Hilarious! And here is the winner of the World of WearableArt and Classic Car Museum Bizarre Bra section, “Come Fly With Me” by Julian Hartzog of the USA. The wings were mirror-like and sparkly and just fabulous.
The sets for each section of WOW were fantastic as well … check these out:
The golden tree prop was part of the set for the David Jones Avante Garde section – I loved it.
I do like angelic figures, and I particularly liked those globes they projected images on to; so clever.
And last but not least, because I could go on forever (and quite often do) and no one will read it anyway … is my personal favourite (after the super-sparkly Supernova of course) a little gem called Lippydeema by Daisy May Collingridge of the UK. Lippydeema is described as a “joyful creature who likes to dance when no one is watching”. I feel like she might be a kindred spirit!
So that was Mumpty’s experience of WOW – words can’t really describe it so I would recommend, if you ever get the chance to go, GO! I for one cannot wait to go again, and will be taking my daughter with me – she’ll LOVE it. And by the way, it’s not just for the girls, it’s a good one for the boys as well. You know how men like to work out how things are done? They can do that. And of course, the models aren’t entirely ugly either!
A special thanks to my amazing Mum and Dad who bought my ticket – I went to WOW with them and my sister and it was a fabulous experience – not to mention the rest of the weekend. Shhh … we visited WETA Workshop and here is a quick troll photo!
WOW, just WOW …