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  • 1 October 2018

    Wrocław-based Polish designer Nika Danielska has been named the winner of the 'Under the Microscope' category as well as the Supreme WOW Award Runner-up at this year's edition of World of WearableArt Awards in Wellington.

    Over the past three decades, WOW has attracted some of the most cutting edge creative designers from across the globe. This year entries from 44 countries and regions vied for a coveted spot onstage. A record 17 countries and regions were represented in the show, showcasing designs by professionals from the fashion, art, design, costume and theatre industries, alongside students and first-time enthusiasts. WOW provides an opportunity for these creatives to experiment, push boundaries and explore design, materials and techniques. 

     

    The 2018 World of WearableArt Awards opened for entries back in September last year and the winning garments have gone through three rounds of judging (in Nelson and Wellington) before the final 39 awards were handed out on Friday, 28 September at TSB Arena in Wellington. 

     

    The 2018 judging panel consisted of WOW Founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff; Margarita Robertson, Creative Director of iconic fashion label NOM*d; Sam Gao, Weta Workshop Art Director and Business Development Manager; Weta Workshop Co-founder and CEO Sir Richard Taylor; Cirque du Soleil’s Nathalie Bouchard and International Guest judge Mary Wing To. The judging process is in three stages, with garments being assessed in detail, as well as for their performance on stage.

     

    Nika Danielska about her design for this year's WOW competition:

     

    Through my artwork I try to explore the notions of body and forms the body can acquire. My designs are often described as exoskeletons. It is a reference to the species, which form hard exoskeleton in order to protect the precious thing inside: a delicate life. I am inspired by organisms which have elaborate geometric form and symmetry such as radiolarians.

     

    I have entered two categories in this year’s WOW, Bizarre Bra and Under the Microscope. One of the designs I made is inspired by radiolarians, microscopic organisms found in all oceans. Radiolarians, which are mostly spherically symmetrical, are known for their complex and beautifully sculptured skeletons. The costume, which entered the Under the Microscope category is a part of a larger project I am working on and which is still work in progress. The project is based on the work of the 19th century biologist, artist and philosopher, Ernst Haeckel. The costume I made for this year’s competition was called ‘Earnst Haeckel’s Bride” and is a tribute to this great scientist.

     

    I have shown my work all over the world. Apart from the artistic work I have also taken part in STEAM projects (science, technology, engineering, art, maths). These interdisciplinary projects are aimed at collaborations between scientists and they use modern technologies.

     

    I feel so excited and honoured to be a part of this year’s WOW. It is the first time I have shown my work in New Zealand and the most important artistic event in my life.

    2018 World of WearableArt Awards
    2018 World of WearableArt Awards
    2018 World of WearableArt Awards
    2018 World of WearableArt Awards
    Nika Danielska at 2018 World of WearableArt Awards
    Nika Danielska at 2018 World of WearableArt Awards
    2018 World of WearableArt Awards
    2018 World of WearableArt Awards
    2018 World of WearableArt Awards
    2018 World of WearableArt Awards
    Photo courtesy of Nika Danielska
    Photo courtesy of Nika Danielska
    Photo courtesy of Nika Danielska
    Photo courtesy of Nika Danielska
    Photo courtesy of Nika Danielska
    Photo courtesy of Nika Danielska
    Photo courtesy of Nika Danielska
    Photo courtesy of Nika Danielska

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