Each year around 60,000 people flock to New Zealand to experience the magical world of World of Wearable Art (WOW). This year, WOW celebrates its 30th year as one of New Zealand’s most spectacular art shows and single largest theatrical production. WOW is a renowned international wearable art competition providing artists from all over the world a platform to showcase their work. Featuring a total of 140 extraordinary finalist garments by 147 designers from 17 countries in this edition, the Awards Show 2018 was taken to a whole new level that wowed the audience across 18 days in Wellington, New Zealand.
The winners of this year’s Supreme WOW Award, which is also the most prestigious award of all, has shown incredible potential and creativity in their work. Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry from New Zealand bagged the Supreme WOW Award with their stunning creation, WAR sTOrY. The sisters are also the first ever two-time Supreme WOW Award winners, having taken the top award in 2013 for The Exchange.
This event was initially launched by Dame Suzie Moncrieff in 1987 to put art on the human form, but without an amazing and capable team each year, it would not have turned into such a resounding success. The WOW 2018 Creative Team had Show Director Malia Johnston coordinate the entire show, Set and Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham design a world of magical lights and Music Director Paul McLaney direct compositions into the body of this consolidated show.
As one of the world’s most renowned Chinese couture designers, Guo Pei creates show-stopping ensembles that blend majestic opulence with theatrical fantasy. The designer’s bejeweled gowns, headpieces, and sculptural shoes were recently styled and photographed by HOWL Collective, who created a series of shots in celebration of the fashion visionary.
Published by Rizzoli as a monograph, the HOWL team’s 122 fairytale shots (titled Guo Pei – Couture Beyond) provide insight into Pei’s incredible designs and their connection with ancient Chinese culture through series of images from themed settings depicting mythical narratives such as Legend of the Dragon and One Thousand and Two Nights.
HOWL Collective announced, “The first major book on China’s leading couture visionary reveals the intricate craftsmanship and imperial glamour that has fashion publications worldwide declaring Guo Pei’s creations ‘the Empire’s new clothes.’”
More of HOWL Collective’s projects on their website and the Guo Pei – Couture Beyond photobook is now available on Amazon.
Born of a Lebanese descent, Ziad Nakad is famous for his ability to reveal the feminine side of every woman.
This year for his Spring Summer collection, Ziad decided to celebrate the ‘Goddess of Wheat’ and ‘Mother of the Earth’ in his recent creation capturing the sacred offering where the Goddess gather fruits of the earth and offers them to humanity. This designer cleverly absorbs the colors of Mother Nature’s creation such as gold for wheat, blue for sky, green for earth etc. into the dresses paying tribute to the most iconic representation of the goddess Demeter. This is a collection designed specially for a strong woman, assumed, voluntary but also and especially generous, inspired by one of the most favorable deities to humans, as a symbol of accomplishment and peace.
In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of The House of Dior’s debut spring-summer 1947 collection, the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia recently presented the never-before-seen exhibition The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition is a collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior, Paris, and features a sumptuous display of over 140 garments from Christian Dior Couture designed between 1947 and 2017.
The NGV has announced that two Dior haute couture works, especially commissioned for and acquired by the gallery, will be on display in the exhibition. They are Essence d’Herbier from the spring–summer 2017 collection, designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Look 10, Bar coat from the autumn-winter 2012–13 collection, designed by Raf Simons. Drawing primarily on material from the House of Dior archive and the NGV Collection, the exhibition also features accessories, sketches, photographs, haute couture toiles (prototypes) and multimedia.
The exhibition, first outside of Paris, will also explore Dior’s unique affinity with Australia, including the historic spring 1948 fashion parade at David Jones, Sydney, which featured 50 original creations by Christian Dior. It is also featuring the iconic grand, sweeping staircase used in countless photo shoots and fashion parades over the House’s 70-year history.
The exhibition opening was celebrated with the inaugural NGV Gala, a ticketed, black-tie ball on Saturday 26 August 2017. The proceeds from this event will go toward supporting the NGV Fashion and Textiles Collection.
How does fashion transcend virtuosity and timelessness? In a 1953 etching that turned up in the Dior archives, Albert Decaris retraces Dior’s expansion around the world in a map. Then, there’s the couturier’s assertion in his autobiography titled ‘Dior by Dior: “A complete collection should address all types of women in all countries.” These inspirations have led Maria Grazia Chiuri, the Artistic Director of women’s collections, in creating the Autumn-Winter 2017-2018 Haute Couture collection that celebrates the House’s 70th anniversary.
Chiuri’s designs is a symbolism of a desire for faraway lands, the need to travel to discover the world and oneself, to feel emotion, grow and evolve; her own journey from Rome to Paris and her exploration of the Dior heritage. She is inspired to draw elements from the masculine wardrobe and mixing them with ethnic pieces. Stephen Jones, the milliner celebrates his 20th anniversary this year as Dior’s hat designer and artist Pietro Ruffo designed the décor that retraces the Earth and the celestial sphere with poetic grace.
时尚如何超越艺术和永恒？法国艺术家 Albert Decaris 创作于 1953 年的版画，在迪奥典藏中重现天日，以世界地图的方式重现了品牌在全球的发展历程。品牌创始人的自传《Dior by Dior》里有一句谏言：“一个完整的系列应该面向所有国家的所有女性”。迪奥女装创意总监 Maria Grazia Chiuri 在灵感指引下，设计出 2017-2018 秋冬高级定制服系列，以纪念品牌 70 周年悠久历程。
Maria Grazia Chiuri 的设计象征了对别处的渴望、对旅行的期盼、感受内心情感及探索自我。这也令她回想到自己从罗马飞到巴黎的旅程，让她得以探索迪奥的历史财富。Maria Grazia Chiuri 从男装中汲取元素，并将之和民族文化融合。已和迪奥合作 20 年的制帽大师 Stephen Jones 和艺术家 Pietro Ruffo 也共同打造出充满诗意的苍穹大地秀场布景。
To mark its 10th anniversary, Malaysia’s leading fashion festival, the Mercedes-Benz STYLO AsiaFashionFestival 2017 kicked off five nights of fashion entertainment in a stunning display at its opening gala at Bangsar South’s KL Gateway Mall. Themed, “50 shades of RED”, this year’s festival saw the newly opened KL Gateway Mall transformed into a cinematic platform to honour the classic icons of fashion, TV and movies past and present with honorary guests including Professor Datuk Jimmy Choo OBE, Dato Nancy Yeoh-Reissiger, Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai and many more.
The Lifetime Achievement Award 2017, presented on the last day of the festival as part of an award gala evening, was awarded to Victor Goh who began his fashion design career in the late 1970s. Goh has been interviewed by CNN on Asia Pacific fashion and the Kebaya elements in his designs. His more recent projects and campaigns include Debut Shanghai, Schwarzkopf, Vidal Sassoon Shanghai, Nala Design Paris, Kagesha Tokyo, Saco London, Evisu Hong Kong, Annasul Y and Lusan Mandongus Hong Kong.
为了庆贺迈入10周年，马来西亚最令人瞩目的时尚盛典-“2017年马赛地奔驰 STYLO 亚洲时尚节”，在吉隆坡 Bangsar South 的 KL Gateway Mall 举行的开幕式上，以惊艳四方的形式启动长达5个晚上的时尚娱乐节目。而以“红色之50渐变”作为主题，在今年的编排中，新开业的 KL Gateway Mall 摇身一变成为电影平台，以纪念荣耀过去与现在的时尚、电视，电影等经典标志性风格，联袂荣誉嘉宾：拿督周仰杰教授 OBE、STYLO 国际总裁兼首席执行员拿督杨爱钻，拿督斯里黄骏伟等等。
至于节目进行到最后一天的颁奖晚会，其中2017年终身成就奖颁发予1970年代末便展开时装设计生涯的Victor Goh。另外，Victor Goh 接受 CNN 亚太时尚的采访以及他运用的 Kebaya 设计元素。他近期的计划和活动包括：上海 Debut、施华蔻、上海沙宣，巴黎 Nala Design、东京 Kagesha，伦敦 Saco，香港 Evisu，Annasul Y 和香港 Lusan Mandongus 等。