Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards
Two fashion students from Donghua University, Shanghai, have won both the Supreme Award and the runner-up prize at the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards Show for 2012. Yuru Ma and Mengyue Wu’s Delight of Light took home the top prize in the coveted awards. Their Revive design took second place. Both won their categories, netting Ma and Wu four top prizes at WOW—an unprecedented feat, according to founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff.
The duo were two of 168 who entered, and take home NZ$42,000 in prizes. Nineteen of the thirty-five awards went to New Zealand-designed garments, while the remainder went to international ones. Of the 16, eight awards went to mainland China, including Hong Kong, and one to Taiwan; Australia, the US and India each took home two; and one award went to a Mexican designer.
‘During the WOW judging process, we are only told the entry’s name and its inspiration, so we were very surprised when we found out that Yuru and Mengyue were the designers for both the Supreme Winner and runner-up,’ says Dame Suzie. ‘It is an extraordinary accomplishment, especially when it is their first time entering WOW. Their talent is astounding, and I am confident they will be designers to look out for in the future.
‘Many tertiary students who have entered WOW in the past have gone on to work in the film and fashion industries. WOW gives them an opportunity to step outside of the normal commercial constraints and to push the boundaries of their art.’
The World of Wearable Art Awards are now in their 24th year, attracting 50,000 showgoers from around the world. Brancott Estate is a long-term partner of the Awards.
WOW Supreme Award
Winner: Delight of Light, by Yuru Ma and Mengyue Wu, students, Shanghai, China.
Runner-up: Revive, by Mengyue Wu and Yuru Ma, students, Shanghai, China.
American Express Open Section
Winner: Delight of Light, by Yuru Ma and Mengyue Wu, students, Shanghai.
Runner-up: Totally Sheepish, by Sarah Peacock, hospital attendant, Te Kuiti.
Commended: Dragged through a Hedge, by Gillian Saunders, artist and designer, Nelson.
Honourable Mention: Pasifik Tribal Guardians, by Chris van Doren, artist, Auckland.
Honourable Mention: Miss Tiffany, by Chris Wilson, director, Wellington.
Tourism New Zealand Avant Garde section
Winner: Revive, by Mengyue Wu and Yuru Ma, students, Shanghai, China.
Runner-up: In the Op, by Ling Lai Kit Ling, student, Hong Kong.
Commended: Retro Futuristic, by Raymond Lau, student, Hong Kong.
Honourable Mention: It’s all About Money, by Timmy Lee Yun Ho, designer, Hong Kong.
Honourable Mention: Floating, by Tao Wang and Ying Zhang, students, Shanghai, China.
Winner: Spider Feast, by Chan See Lik and Chan Yuet Foot, prop makers, Hong Kong.
Runner-up: The Mummy & My Mummy, by Ya Ting Yang, student, Taiwan, ROC.
Commended: Holey Moley, by Ann Skelly, artist, Wellington.
Air New Zealand South Pacific section
Winner: Marquise Rawahi, by Beatrice Carlson, new-media artist and designer, Auckland.
Runner-up: Harpagornis, by Jan Ubels, set builder, Auckland.
Commended: Powelliphanta Pine, by Sally Spackman, Massey student, Wellington.
Honourable Mention: Green Green Grass, by Sally Blyth, Artist, designer and writer, Auckland.
Honourable Mention: Taniwha Aboard, by Kayla Christensen, Massey student, Paraparaumu.
CentrePort Illumination Illusion section
Winner: Shanachie for Lost Birds, by Jo Drysdall, librarian, Christchurch.
Runner-up: Laser GaGa, by Janice Elliot, artist, Christchurch.
Commended: The Great Illusionist, by Cassandra Thomson and Coral Bowe, Nelson.
Gen-i Creative Excellence Section; theme: Visual Symphony
Winner: Shaker Suit, by Erica Gray, sculptor, Gold Coast, Australia.
Runner-up: Bells for Her, by Sean Purucker, costume fabricator, California, USA.
Commended: Ghungroo, by Pronoy Kapoor, assistant designer, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Honourable Mention: Rain, by Jennie Munro, school support staff, Palmerston North.
Honourable Mention: Tribal Dancers, by Luiz Fernando Sereno Penna, after-school programme manager, Auckland.
Bizarre Bra section
Winner: Epicentre Divas, by Claire Third, taxidermist, Christchurch.
Runner-up: Two Barb Bra, with Love, by Sue Newby and Bruce Haliday, Auckland.
Commended: Party Line, by Angela Leong, accountant, Wellington.
Honourable Mention: Typecast Donna, by Allfrey, painter, Christchurch.
Honourable Mention: Jantar Mantar, by Khadimul Islam, Freelancer, Hemtabad, India.
Booker–Spalding First-Time Entrant Award
Winner: La Danse Macabre, by Mercy Brewer, costumier, Auckland.
Runner-up: Lunar Duo, by Denise Laurie, designer, Invercargill.
WOW Factor Award
Winner: Noor Reverie by Rebecca Maxwell, fashion consultant, Wellington.
Runner-up: The Glamour Card, by Jaswant Daranga and Nilmani Kumar, students, New Delhi, India.
Winner: Velociraptor!, by Milada Adams, costume maker, Mermaid Beach, Queensland, Australia.
Runner-up: aBRAcalypse Now, by Wendy Moyer, textile artist, México.
Wellington International Award
Winner: Beast in the Beauty, by David Walker, carpenter, Alaska, USA.
Runner-up: Legend of Darkness, by Ying Zhang and Tao Wang, students, Shanghai, China.
Shell Student Innovation Award
Winner: Rise from the Ruins, by Nicole Linnell, Massey student, Wellington.
Runner-up: My Maria, by Caitlin Brogan, student, Auckland.
Shell Sustainability Award
Winner: City Lolita, by Deborah Shepherd, teacher, Paeroa.
Runner-up: VCR, by Christopher Davis, fashion student, Auckland.