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August - October 2020 / Te Papa, Wellington

World of WearableArt


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Experience World of WearableArt like never before. A theatrical journey and immersive exhibition that invites you to get up close to the extraordinary garments and explore limitless creativity.

Featuring over 35 works of wearable art from around the world, World of WearableArt Up Close showcases the most breath-taking creations from New Zealand’s very own World of WearableArt.

Discover the jaw-dropping detail and unconventional creativity of wearable art. From 500 abandoned music festival tents transformed into avant-garde works of art, to a wearable Axminster carpet inspired by Frida Kahlo, to a cathedral made from more than 2300 individually cut pieces of laser etched felt, learn about the unique stories behind the designs and be inspired as something WOW this way comes.

For a strictly limited season only.

The suggested length of viewing time is 60 minutes.

Relaxed Viewing Sessions – Tuesday 8 September, 4:30 PM & 5:00 PM

Experience a quieter viewing of this immersive exhibition – for visitors with autism or sensory sensitivities, or living with disability.

Visitor numbers at this session are restricted to offer a quieter experience. Sound effects within the exhibition are reduced and passouts can be provided if needed.

If you are an adult requiring a companion or carer for support, they can accompany you free of charge.

High Tea Packages

Prepare for your theatrical journey with our WOW High Tea.

A charming selection of savoury and sweet treats await you, in our Espresso Café on level 4. 

Book now to join the crowd, your ticket includes entry to the WOW Up Close exhibition.

For the High Tea Packages, High Tea commences an hour before ticketed entry times.

High Tea at 11am with a 12pm entry exhibition ticket
High Tea at 12pm with a 1pm entry exhibition ticket
High Tea at 1pm with a 2pm entry exhibition ticket
High Tea at 2pm with a 3pm entry exhibition ticket

Late Nights

Join us for a Late Night of up-close wearable art, after hours.

Ticket price includes entry to the exhibition, entertainment, one drink on arrival and all night access to our canape food stations.

Leave the kids at home, as this is an adults only (R18) event.

Opening Preview Night

Official WOW Up Close Preview Party – 28 August 2020

Celebrate all things wearable art with a night out at Te Papa. Get an up-close look of garments, enjoy live music, exhibition entry, themed food stations and a drink token which are all included in your ticket. Cash bar available. Limited tickets, so be in quick.  Please note, this is a session for those over 18.

Dinner, Drag & Art

Be entertained all night with canapes and beverage, exhibition entry to World of WearableArt Up Close, a plated dinner and entertainment by your favourite Wellington drag queens. Limited tickets. Please note, this is a session for those over 18.


·         Wheelchair accessible
·         Immersive digital and sound experiences
·         Variable lighting levels
·         Accessible toilets
·         No food, drink or double buggies

Images courtesy of World of WearableArt Ltd
Image credit: Underling, Gillian Saunders, New Zealand