Exhibitions

Gillian Saunders

New Zealand

Inkling, 2013

EVA foam and paint

Courtesy of World of WearableArt Limited.

WOW® World of WearableArt™

On view February 18, 2017 to June 11, 2017

Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

For the last 25 years, New Zealand has hosted an annual design competition that challenges sculptors, costume designers, textile artists and makers of all stripes to explore the boundary between fashion and art, and to "get art off the walls and onto the body." The WOW® World of WearableArtTM competition is the country's largest art event and each year it culminates in a live runway show for winners in front of an audience of 50,000.

WOW® World of WearableArtTM  the exhibition  presents 32 ensembles the competition's most unique, spectacular and outlandish wearable artworks. Expertly crafted in a range of materials, from wood and aluminum to fiberglass and taxidermy, these creations celebrate lavish creativity and push the limits of wearability. PEM is the exclusive U.S. east coast venue for this interactive and theatrical exhibition.

WOW® World of WearableArtTM is presented in partnership with the New Zealand government. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provided generous support. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum also provided support.

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Images

Gillian Saunders

Gillian Saunders

New Zealand

Inkling, 2013

EVA foam and paint

Courtesy of World of WearableArt Limited.

Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

New Zealand
American Dream, 2012
Vinyl, leather, papier mâché, builders foam, plastic
Courtesy of World of WearableArt Limited

Peter Wakeman

Peter Wakeman

New Zealand
Chica Under Glass, 2013
Fibreglass and plywood
Courtesy of World of WearableArt Limited

Sarah Peacock

Sarah Peacock

New Zealand
Totally Sheepish, 2012
Wool and thread
Courtesy of World of WearableArt Limited

Lynne Christiansen

Lynne Christiansen

USA
Gothic Habit, 2014
Felt, wood
Courtesy of World of WearableArt Limited

Marjolein Dallinga

Marjolein Dallinga

Canada
Skin, 2011
Wool, silk
Courtesy of World of WearableArt Limited

Related Events

Put a Patch on it! › For ages 5 to 8 with an adult
STORY TRAILS
Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 2pm - 3pm

Tickets available day of program

If you have ever had a hard time letting go of favorite items of clothing, learn how to repurpose them as we read I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn. Then find inspiration in the WOW exhibition as you design one-of-a-kind iron-on patches under the guidance of fiber artist Ana Campos.

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