Wearable Art

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Wearable Art has become a catalyst for creativity at every level in schools. Here we offer a range of online sources of information and inspiration.

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Wearable arts garments do not have to be commercially viable… The only thing they must be is wearable. Creators have the freedom to use painting, sculpture, textiles, costuming, engineering and electronics – in fact any medium to realise their vision… Dame Suzie Moncrieff

Christchurch City Libraries resources: Fashion

Here is a page of links to a wide range of sites about costume and fashion, including several focusing on the New Zealand fashion industry and textile design, fashion shows, and trends in fashion here and overseas.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Digital NZ

This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions. To discover sets and items use the search term wearable art

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Recycled Trash Fashion show Kaikoura

This community event began in 1999 and now takes place every two years, with the next show in 2016. Recycling as you've never seen it before, with 'trash fashion' sections for children and adults. You can see images of past winners on this site.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Stories of Creativity

This techlink site supports teachers and students in developing wearable art. It includes teaching notes, wearable art examples, technological modelling and also activities to support student learning.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Wearable Arts Collaboration: a case study on Techlink

A case study describing how students and teachers from two Wellington schools collaborated to create a wearable arts costume for display in one of Te Papa's windows for their 10th anniversary.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

WOW: World of Wearable Art

This is the official World of Wearable Arts website. Includes photos of past winners, designer profiles, a designer blog, and an information behind the design section.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

I had a favourite dress, by Boni Ashburn, 2011 (picture book)
I like old clothes, by Mary Ann Hoberman, 2012 (picture book)
The time travelling fashionista at the palace of Marie Antoinette: a novel, by Bianca Turetsky, 2012 (junior fiction)


WOW – NZs World of Wearable Arts  Tourism New Zealand Media. Youtube. 3.40

2014 World of Wearable Art  (WOW) Awards Show Moments. WorldofWearableArts. Youtube. 2.42