New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China

Chinese students win 2012 New Zealand World of Wearable Art awards

Delight of Light – 2012 WOW Supreme Award and Open Section Award winner

Two Chinese design students received the top two awards at the World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards in Wellington, New Zealand on Friday 28 September.

WOW is a design, fashion and costume show and competition held annually in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital.  WOW receives more than 300 entries each year from a wide variety of countries, with more than 50,000 people attending the show annually.

The winners, Ma Yuru and Wu Mengyue, are both fashion students at Donghua University in Shanghai.  The pair’s creation, called Delight of Light (above right), won the WOW open section and supreme award.  A second entry, called Revive, won the avant garde section and was placed runner-up for the supreme award.

Delight of Light is made from semi- transparent white plastic, and was inspired by architecture, "with a tough silhouette and streamlined design".  Revive is a suit of armour made from abandoned tyres.

The 2012 show included 164 finalists.  Ma and Wu together received a total of 42,000 NZ dollars (approximately RMB210,000) in prizes for their entries.

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