Wearable art pieces to go on show in Rotorua

An exhibition featuring some of the most memorable costumes in the history of Wellington's World of WearableArt (WOW) show is coming to Rotorua.

Off the Wall: World of WearableArt Up Close is an innovative, interactive exhibition showcasing some of of the very best garments from the historic collection and bringing to life the stories behind them.

The exhibition will be on show at the Rotorua Museum from tomorrow until February 10 next year - the first North Island stop on its limited touring schedule.

Deputy director of Rotorua Museum, Pamela Lovis, is excited at the timing of the exhibition. She said she hoped locals would take advantage of the free entry for Rotorua residents, as well as bring visiting friends and families along.

WOW founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff worked closely with Sir Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop to select the range of pieces.

Sir Richard said the process of selecting for Off the Wall was difficult but great fun.

"Choosing just 30 garments from the WOW collections was near impossible, as they are all phenomenal creations in their own right."

As the name suggests, the exhibition allows guests to get "up close" to all garments on display - with display areas, including bizarre bras, UV tents and reflective sections.

Dame Suzie, who started WOW in 1987, will be visiting Rotorua Museum on Saturday, November 17 to host two exclusive events - a high tea and an intimate tour of the Off the Wall exhibition.

Tickets are available at the museum reception or by calling Naiomi Murgatroyd on (07) 351 8055.

Entry to the exhibition is included with museum admission, which is $18 for adults and $7 for children. Entry is free for Rotorua residents with ID.


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