Wellington hosts a very unique event in September .. the Montana World of WearableArt Awards Show - WOW, Wellington, 20 September 2007 - 30 September 2007. Step into a world where art and the human form combine, where dance, music and lighting tell a story of the body as a canvas; where the lines of fashion and art blur and merge as one. The WOW Show can be difficult to describe, hard to define and utterly impossible to forget. A montage of theatre, dance, colour, movement and art, simply put, the Montana WOW Awards Shows are theatrical spectaculars. It is a two hour show held annually in September in Wellington, New Zealand to an audience of 30,000 per season. First shown in 1987, World of WearableArt originally began as a promotion for a rural art gallery in Nelson. Nelson sculptor Suzie Moncrieff had the vision to exhibit art in the form of a live theatrical show - and WOW has since grown to receive international acclaim.
Just have a look at the video on the WOW website and you will get a small taste of what it is all about .. the audience comes from all over NZ and the world. I waas out taking some photos yesterday and talked to people from Coromandel, Christchurch, Dunedin and Hawkes Bay who were in Wellington for the show ... You are obviously not allowed to take photos during the shows however there are many side activities that take place in and around the city during the week of the show. This montage of images is from a lunch time event at Midland Park on what was really the first great day of spring. many of the fashion shops have examples of costumes from previous years including the delightful tongue in check dress made from wooden coat hangers.
Whether attending the WOW Show or not, Wellingtonians can get into the spirit of the occasion with a series of suitably quirky and energetic, free lunchtime performances in the central city. To celebrate the third year of WOW® being held in Wellington, OZ Star Airlines, Mr Fungus and Vinyl Burns provide hilarious air hostess antics, New Zealand's loudest mime and a fantastic visual comedy act respectively.