Break out that sewing machine and put your best bobbin forward - the Wānaka A&P Show has announced the addition of a wearable arts competition for the 2021 schedule.
The brand-new competition – called The Runway: Art You Wear – is a wearable arts show featuring a collection of creative clothing made from sustainable and recycled materials.
Organiser Phillipa Wilson said it was time for the community to reinvent the previously popular Wānaka Wearable Creations show, which was last held in 2016.
“Wānaka Wearable Creations was always a special event in the local calendar, so we have decided to reinvigorate it for next year’s show,” Wilson said.
“The Wānaka Show is all about showcasing our region. So we look forward to seeing some great designs that reflect this. From the creations inspired by the wines and fruits of Central Otago to the bra fence in the Cardrona Valley. The bra fence category is a bit of fun.”Entries were now open, and budding designers could choose to enter one of five categories; Open (let your imagination run wild), Agriculture (to reflect the A&P Show), Central Otago (something inspired by the local landscape, fruit and wine) and Bizarre Brassieres (kooky, unconventional and considers being a woman today). There is also a special Primary School category for entrants in Year 0-8.
All garments would be evaluated on originality, creativity, use of recycled materials and how sustainable the outfit was by a panel of local judges with an eye for style and design, Wilson said.
“We want all primary school students to get involved and come up with a special design using recycled materials. Secondary school students can enter in the Open category,” she added.
“Designing an outfit takes time, so get your thinking caps on now and get started – we are very excited to see what the talented people of the Upper Clutha can come up with.”
Every wearable creation must have a model for the runway and entries close December 1, 2020.