30 March 2020.





World of WearableArt Design Competition 2020

The World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards Competition is an internationally renowned design competition that attracts entries from over 40 countries each year. Anything that is wearable art can find a place on the stage, as long as it is original, innovative and well executed.

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The Awards Competition is an opportunity for designers to create the unimaginable, to challenge the conventional, defy creative expectations, networking opportunities, and access to exclusive internships and residencies.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Wearable Art.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

  • Preselection result will be sent via mail in 3 April 2020.
  • Complete and submit stage (the final stage of the online entry process after the result of preselection) will end in 16 June 2020.
  • Final judging in 21 September 2020
  • 2020 Award ceremony in 25 September 2020.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • All entries are eligible for the themed section awards.
  • First-time international entrants entering with a design partner who has been selected for a previous WOW™ Awards Show are not eligible for the First-Time Entrant Award.
  • Designers must enter under their own names and not as a collective or a business.
  • Design teams can consist of no more than three designers (and any reference to ‘designer’ in these terms and conditions will include all members of a design team).
  • Entrants must be 18 years of age or over as at 30 March 2020.
  • Designers can submit multiple entries.
  • An entry can be submitted into one competition section only.
  • An entry can be designed for a maximum of three models to wear.
  • No trade marks, logos or brand names can be used in an entry, except for those of WOW™ or one of its major sponsors with their approval and sign off.
  • An unsuccessful entry previously entered in the competition cannot be entered again in a subsequent year unless altered by 85%.
  • An entry that has been shown in another competition prior to entering WOW will be accepted.
  • WOW asks that designers do not actively promote their WOW entries publicly or publish images or video footage of their entries during the competition process until after the WOW Awards ceremony.

Awards Eligibility

  • SUPREME WOW AWARD: to the entry that the judges consider to be the most exceptional overall.
  • DAME SUZIE MONCRIEFF AWARD: to the garment that epitomises the WOW spirit.
  • First-Time Entrant Award: all members of a design team must be first time entrants.
  • Student Innovation Award: all members of a design team must be current tertiary students or have graduated within the 12 months before 30 March 2019 and each must provide a copy of their most recent student identification when the garment is submitted to WOW™.
  • Sustainability Award: 85% of the garment must be made from recycled materials and, at the allocated place in the online entry form, the designer must provide a written explanation of how and to what extent they have recycled the materials used in their entry.
  • Wearable Technology Award: the garment must demonstrate innovative and original use of technology in construction and/or processes and the designer must provide a written explanation of how and to what extent they have used technology innovatively in their entry, at the allocated place in their online entry form.
  • the International Awards: all members of a design team must be citizens or permanent residents of the same region.  The region groupings are: United Kingdom & Europe, Americas, Asia, Australia & Pacific.
  • CIRQUE DU SOLEIL INVITED ARTISAN AWARD: to  an established designer whose entry demonstrates outstanding use of new techniques or technologies.
  • THE RESIDENCY EXPERIENCE AWARD: to a designer whose entry exemplifies exceptional cutting-edge design.

Opportunity Cost



  • Winner receives: NZD30,000.
  • Runner-up receives: NZD15,000.


  • Winner receives: NZD6,000.


  • First Prize receives: NZD6,000.
  • Second Prize receives: NZD3,000.
  • Third Prize receives: NZD1,500.


  • Winner receives: NZD5,000.


  • Winner receives: NZD5,000.


  • Winner receives: NZD5,000.


  • Winner receives: NZD5,000.


  • The winner will have the unique opportunity to spend time behind-the-scenes at Weta Workshop, and receives NZD6,000, flights from anywhere in the world plus accommodation in Wellington for up to four weeks.


  • The winner receives NZD5,000 and will undertake a four-week residency at Cirque du Soleil in Montreal, Canada.


  • The winner receives NZD5,000 and the opportunity to show up to five pieces of their work at the exclusive Residency Experience showroom in Los Angeles for a three-month period, during which time their work will be given exposure through the Residency social channels.
  • The winner will also receive a travel prize of NZD2,500 to enable them to visit the Residency showroom in LA.

for more about the prizes click Here.

How to Apply

First Step: Register to receive a unique designer number from Here This number is generated by their database and will be required to complete the online entry process.

Second Step: Finish your Work then upload it. you will need to attach 

  • A hard copy of these terms & conditions (to be enclosed when packing entry) signed by all members of the design team;
  • A list of all garment components;
  • At least four full-length clear photographic images of the front, back and both sides of the finished garment worn on a model (not mannequin);
  • Dressing instructions explaining how the garment should be worn and how to put it on;
  • The following information regarding their entry:
  • A title for the garment (56 characters max);
  • A list of the main materials used in creating the garment (40 characters max);
  • A short description/inspiration for the garment (100 characters max) to be used in the Show Programme; and
  • A longer description/inspiration for the garment which should be the story behind the garment including the inspiration(s) for the garment and the process and materials used in the construction of the garment.

Third Step: send your application.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Salma Abd El-Aziz /Egypt

Reviewed by” Hesham Galal / Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team