Lady of the Wood wins WOW Award
A 17th-century-style ball gown made of wood by an Alaskan artist and carpenter has won the Supreme Montana World of WearableArt Award.
David Walker’s creation, Lady of the Wood, was crafted entirely out of mahogany and lacewood with 52 strips of maple and cedar veneer for the hooped skirt, topped off with a glamorous wig made out of wood shavings.
The 21st Montana World Of WearableArt (WOW) Awards were announced on Friday September 25. It is the first time in WOW’s history that an international designer has won the awards. Lady of the Wood also won the Tourism New Zealand Avant Garde Section.
Associate British Royal Sculptor and 2009 WOW judge, Max Patte said “It works on every level - original design and beautifully executed and something that can be appreciated by everyone. Once again, it raises the game and expectations for next year’s WOW!”
First time Wellington entrants, Hayley May and Fiona Christie, were runners up for the Supreme Award and also scooped the Gen-I Creative Excellence Section – Fold, with their intricate garment, Second Skin.
The film-maker and architect wanted to create a piece that, “resembled a reptile as it sheds its skin” and embedded over 2000 pleats into the fabric of their garment, folded in three directions to form scaled plates of armour.
The awards show included 165 incredible garments across seven unique sections in and around graffiti art, magic gardens, super heroes, dancing cowboys, charming creatures from the dark and a parallel universe.
Comedic maestros the Topp Twins entertained the audience along with New Zealand’s premiere percussion group, Strike and high-octane hip-hop dance troupe, Legacy.
Malia Johnston, WOW’s principal choreographer for eight years, led the creative teams this year as Artistic Director, with WOW Founder and Director Suzie Moncrieff as her hands-on guide. The show season runs until Sunday October 4th.
“There was no sign of a recession for the Montana WOW Awards Show, with designers from all over the planet ascending on New Zealand to see their garments come to life on the catwalk,” said Moncrieff.
The line up of judges for 2009 were British born, Associate Royal Sculptor Max Patte, fashion designer and savvy businesswoman, Annah Stretton, Suzie Moncrieff and Mr. Tsai Kang Yung, who judged the Wellington International Award. Oscar winning film-maker, Richard Taylor of WETA Workshop judged the Special WETA Award for the garment that best crossed the boundaries of film and WearableArt.
Mr. Tsai Kang Yung, one of Asia’s top television personalities and international WOW guest judge said, “I wish every design student from around the world could have a chance to see this show, to see how powerful the creative mind can be.”
- World of WearableArt Awards
Winner of the 2009 Montana Supreme World of WearableArt Award
Worth $10,000 plus an American Express $10,000 sponsored international travel prize and a Hoglund art glass trophy:
• Lady Of The Wood, David Walker, United States
Runner Up worth $4000: Second Skin, Hayley May & Fiona Christie, Wellington
1. Booker Spalding First Time Entrant Award
Winner worth $5000: Lagarus Ovatus En Masse, Catherine Anderton, Wellington
2. Shell Student Design Award
Winner worth $5000: Bound, Gina Digirolamo & Lindsey Eisentraut, United States
Runner Up worth $1000: Multi-Plug, Ragini Ahuja & Rishabh Rhode, India
3. Shell Sustainability Award
Winner worth $5,000: ‘Queen Adelaide, Emma Whiteside, Wellington
4. Wellington International Award
Winner worth $5000 plus trophy: Saddle Up, Mary Wing To, United Kingdom
Runner Up worth $1000: Screen Play, Amy Jean Boebel & Sue Hobby, United States
5. WETA Award
Winner worth $5000 plus trophy: American Dream, Sarah Thomas, Timaru
Runner Up worth $1000: Wanderer, Sue Cederman, Motueka
6. Untouched World WOW® Factor Award
Winner worth $5000: ‘Firebird, Susan Holmes, Auckland
1. Children’s Section
Winner worth $5000: The Dandelion Clock, Tracey Koole, Auckland
Runner Up worth $2000: My Big Bloomer, Paula Rowan, Wellington
Commended worth $1000: Miro, Miro, Quite Contrary, Norelle Kendrick, Nelson
2. CentrePort Illumination Illusion® Section
Theme: Float, Fly, Flow
Winner worth $5000: Into Thin Air, Marie Gant Roxburgh, Christchurch
Runner Up worth $2000: Wanderer, Sue Cederman, Motueka
Commended worth $1000: Psychedelic Symphony, Janice Elliott, Christchurch
3. World of WearableArt™ & Classic Cars Museum Man
Winner worth $5000: Sir Lazyboy, Cassandra Bowe, Nelson
Runner Up worth $2000: Colour Blind, Dinah & Mark Walker, Auckland
Commended worth $1000: Da Vinci's Dandies, Heather Wallace, Wellington
4. American Express Open Section
Winner worth $5000: American Dream, Sarah Thomas, Timaru
Runner Up worth $2000: Lagarus Ovatus En Masse, Catherine Anderton, Wellington
Commended worth $1000: DaVina, Frank Strunk III, United States
5. Air New Zealand South Pacific Section
Winner worth $5000: Rock On In The Shadowlands, Janet Bathgate, Nelson
Runner Up worth $2000: Tikini, Gillian Saunders, Nelson
Commended worth $1000: Tidal Traveller, Rita Schrieken, Paraparaumu
6. Tourism New Zealand Avant Garde Section:
Winner worth $5000: Lady Of The Wood, David Walker, United States
Runner Up worth $2000: AM I I AM, Rodney Leong, Auckland
Commended worth $1000: Saddle Up, Mary Wing To, United Kingdom
7. Gen – i Creative Excellence Section : Theme ‘Fold’
Winner worth $5000: Second Skin, Hayley May & Fiona Christie, Wellington
Runner Up worth $2000: Behind Closed Doors, Kathryn Preston & Angie Robinson, Christchurch
Commended worth $1000: Screen Play, Amy Jean Boebel & Sue Hobby, United States