Alaskan David Walker has won the Supreme award at the Montana World of Wearable Art Awards (WOW), held Friday night at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington, New Zealand.
Walker’s Lady of the Wood, which takes the silhouette of an eighteenth- to nineteenth-century ball gown, but is made of mahogany, lacewood, maple and cedar, impressed the international judging panel, which included Oscar winner Richard Taylor and Taiwanese TV host Kevin Tsai.
The model’s hair was made from pine wood.
Speaking to Lucire after his win, Walker says that he was still feeling ‘numb’, with his victory having been ‘unimaginable’ to him.
‘My inspiration comes from the material and how to form it. I use that material in a way that it has never been used for,’ he says.
The garment cost Walker $1,000 to ship to New Zealand.
Walker takes home a prize worth NZ$10,000 plus an American Express-sponsored international travel prize and a Höglund Art Glass trophy.
Earlier in the evening, Walker won the avant-garde section of the Awards.
Now in its 21st year, the Montana World of Wearable Art Awards is an international event, with designers from 10 countries participating. This year, a record 39 entrants were from outside New Zealand.
A full article on the annual event will appear in Lucire.