A full house of models, designers and creators discuss the finer points of wearable art in the lead-up to Dargaville’s 2019 show

Ready for the runway

by Andy Bryenton

Prospective models, designers and wearable arts creators gathered at Dargaville’s Sewing and Curtain Centre last Friday, June 7, to workshop ideas and plan ahead for 2019’s show.

The Dargaville Wearable Arts extravaganza, now in the planning stage for its third year, is a celebration of creativity, which sees contestants design, sew, construct and display artworks that blur the line between fashion and tactile sculpture, across a range of categories.

With the window for entries closing soon, this evening was a chance to speak with previous champions, query the organisers about aspects such as music, runway layout and logistics, and to get inspired. A large turn out brought many insightful questions to the meeting, with the general mood buoyant for a visual feast at this year’s event, held in mid-September.

Entries close this Friday, June 14, and there are still some spaces available to take part in what contestants consistently call a rewarding and inspiring experience.