Chinese students on top at WOW awards
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:05p.m.
A pair of Chinese design students have taken out the top two awards at the World of Wearable Art Awards in Wellington with two separate creations.
The Shanghai-based design duo of Yuru Ma and Mengyue Wu, who are fashion students at Donghua University, have taken home $42,000 in prizes for their entries Delight of Light and Revive.
Delight of Light won the show's open section and supreme award, and Revive won the avant garde section and placed runner-up for the supreme award.
Delight of Light is a skeletal-looking design made from semi-transparent white plastic, which the designers said was inspired by architecture, "with a tough silhouette and streamlined design".
Revive is a tough-looking suit of armour made from abandoned tyres that would not look out of place on Lady Gaga.
Other award-winning entries came from Hong Kong, Australia, the United States and around New Zealand.
The 2012 show features 164 finalists, in seven sections including Bizarre Bras, Illumination Illusion and a Visual Symphony-themed Creative Excellence section.
The winners were announced after the show, at TSB Arena, on Friday night.
The sold-out spectacle runs until October 7.
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