Talented locals flying high on World stage

It was a winning weekend for local artists whose pieces dressed to impress at the World Of Wearable arts in Wellington. 

Tuakau’s David Kirkpatrick took out the top spot in the Bizarre Bra category, with his first-ever WOW garment, ‘Uplifting’. The bra is inspired by the GE X jet engine and 787 designs. With a background in mechanical engineering, he used his home 3D printer and fibreglass to create the garment.  

“I am so honoured to have received this amongst all the talented designers,” said David. “I was so happy as it made all the hundreds of hours of work worth it. I always wanted to thank all the family members that supported me through this time. In terms of the prize money I will probably spend it on my family and some money towards a studio in our garden to continue on this passion for me and my wife Kristy.”  

WOW Founder and Head Judge Dame Suzie Moncrieff said “Uplifting is “a garment that the judges thought was unusual and unique; a wonderful concept, delightfully executed.”

Second place in the Bizarre Bra category was husband and wife duo Karl and Erna Van Der Wat from Karaka with their creation ‘Le Spectacle!’ “It is designed to be a “celebration of the most amazing, eye-popping extravaganza of a show – none other than WOW!” said Erna. A play on the words ‘spectacles’ (eyeglasses); ‘a spectacle’ (sight to behold); and ‘Le Spectacle’ (a spectacular live show), Erna said the garment celebrates WOW’s 30th anniversary show and the artistic journey designers have gone on. The designers were inspired by Erna’s Grandmama’s glamorous 1940s spectacles and were created using perspex, paper, vinyl film and LEDs bringing the garments’ peeping eyes to life. The Van Der Wat’s have had eight previous finalist garments since 2006. Their 2011 garment, Reflection won the WOW Factor Award (now the Dame Suzie Moncrieff Award) and the People’s Choice Award.  

WOW – World of WearableArt. Wellington, NZ. 26 September 2018. The model wears David
Kirkpatrick’s winning garment. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court.



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