Wearable Art Awards – costume design competition

Wearable Art AwardsDeadline: 2 December 2011

Eligibility: We encourage entries from all over the world. There are no requirements for residency, nationality, age, or educational background for submitting to the Wearable Art Awards.

The Wearable Art Awards is not a , it is a multi-media performance where the human body becomes a living, breathing, moving canvas. We are looking for more than a “pretty dress.” We are asking you to go deep into your imagination to create a wearable piece of art that challenges what most consider to be wearable, or everyday fashion.

The Wearable Art Awards is committed to challenging artists of all mediums to push their imaginations to create evocative, imaginative and thought .

Entry fee: $25 for first entry, $40 for 2 entries, $50 for 3 entries

An entry must fall into one of the following three form-based categories. will be presented to category winners as determined by the jury.

– Complete Outfit

Port Moody Arts Centre reserves the right to cancel categories at any point during the judging process. Port Moody Arts Centre reserves the right to move entries between categories if it is felt the entry is better suited to a category other than that for which it was originally submitted.

All entries will be juried based on the following criteria:

– Complete entry forms, images and fees received by deadline;
– All entries must be wearable, and able to withstand being put on and off our models multiple times for photo shoots, fittings and performances;
– Entry must not have been previously exhibited in the Tri-Cities area (Port Moody, Coquitlam, and Port Coquitlam);
– Entries must be suitable for viewers of all ages;
– Creativity and originality;
Design and the use of multiple elements and techniques;
– Quality of workmanship and construction;
– Overall presentation; and,
– Conceptual meaning and impact.

During the performance, entries will be judged on this criteria, weighted in favour of overall impression and .

$5,000 in prize money will be awarded. Amount and number of prizes within categories will be dependent on the number of entries received and subject to the jury’s discretion. Maximum amount of a single prize to be awarded will be $500.

In addition to competing for a category win, entries will also be eligible for the following cash prize awards as determined by the jury:

– Material of the Year: Netting and
– Color of the Year: Purple
– Wearable Art of Tomorrow
– Second Life
– Student
– Best in Show
– People’s Choice Award

Presented by the Port Moody Arts Centre Society, the Wearable Art Awards competition has been encouraging local, Canadian and international artists of all mediums to submit evocative, imaginative, and thought provoking creations for the human body since 2002. Accepted works are juried in a two-step process by a panel of jurors drawn from the fashion and textile industry.

To begin, each piece is examined for its creativity, originality, skill in construction and conceptual idea.The final jurying takes place at the performance presentation during which the works are modeled to a live audience and their “wow” factor and presence on the red carpet is evaluated.

The performance is followed up by a five-week long exhibition at the end of which a “People’s Choice” award is presented based on votes from the public. In total $5,000 is distributed between winners of 10 category and special awards.

If you have questions, please contact Ella Caranfil, Event Coordinator

Port Moody Arts Centre
2425 St. Johns Street
Port Moody BC V3H 2B2
t: 604.931.2008
f: 604.931.2052

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:


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