Rinaldy Yunardi from Jakarta, Indonesia has been named the Supreme WOW Award Winner for The Lady Warrior, a garment inspired by ‘the toughest warrior of all.’
The Lady Warrior, Rinaldy Yunardi, Indonesia. Image by Getty Images
Rinaldy says the piece is about inner strength rather than brute physical strength. ‘I used various mediums of materials to represent different elements of The Lady Warrior. Recycled paper made into rope and woven tightly together represents humanity and inner strength acquired from experience. World of WearableArt Founder and Resident Judge Dame Suzie Moncrieff says the garment demonstrates perfect balance and form, as well as immaculate craftsmanship.
The New Zealand Design Award went to Kaitiaki, a native tūī inspired garment by Lisa Vanin of Cambridge. Auckland’s Leanne Day won the Sustainability Award for Engolfed, a garment made from old golf bags and clubs.
Kayla Christensen of Wellington won the Dame Suzie Moncrieff Award for Waka Huia, a piece inspired by Aotearoa’s native taonga. Dylan Mulder, also from Wellington, won both the Aotearoa Section and the Wearable Technology Award for Natural Progression. He used artificial intelligence to create a garment intended to focus on new thinking around Māori design.
Designers from 43 countries entered this year’s competition and 115 finalist designs are presented at the World of WearableArt Awards Show at TSB Arena in Wellington.