Bold. Evocative. Experimental.
Local, national and international artists are invited to create revolutionary works of art on the body. Wearable Art Mandurah is Australia’s premiere wearable art event and is inclusive to artists of all skill levels, ages and design forms, offering many opportunities:
- International wearable art competition
- Skill development workshops
- Whispers Progressive Garment
- Theatrical Showcase
- Exhibition opportunities
Recently named Western Australia’s top tourism town, the lid has been lifted on Mandurah’s artistic and cultural treasure trove and Wearable Art Mandurah is one of the city’s most engaging artistic attractions.
The team support and encourage participants throughout the entire design, creation, judging and presentation process.
If you would like to volunteer for any Wearable Art Mandurah events, apply here.
2019 Wearable Art Mandurah Winners
'Gaudy Masked Dress'
Gaudy Masked Dress is inspired by James Ensor's tragi-comedic themed painting ‘Skeletons Fighting Over a Hanged Man’ (1891). I have chosen to represent Ensor's menacing and garishly dressed figures with a patchwork opulence of coloured ruffles and fabric covered bird masks.
“A woman is like a flower, if you care for her and love her enough, you’ll have the honour of watching her bloom,” Davis Dolezal. The
correlation of women to flowers is reflected in my wearable art piece. 427 handmade paper leaves and 226 handmade paper flowers were used in this creation.
Award presented by Reading Cinemas Mandurah
Humans are destroying our planet with plastic. My vision was to symbolise the demise of the grey plastic bag. Like the myth of the Phoenix that rebirths itself by fire every 500 years, hopefully by then mankind will have discovered a way to recycle our garbage landfills into useful energy.
My inspiration is anxiety. The reuse of respirators ironically used to allow one to breathe is juxtaposed against the theme of anxiety and one’s inability to catch a breath. White eludes to outward perfection, the greys, insecurity and turmoil. The cage and headpiece show strength but hint at inner vulnerability.
Award presented by Onyx Hair & Beauty Crew
Flesh-footed Shearwater, migratory birds that breed in Australian waters.
Autopsied fledglings reveal stomachs full of plastic, mistakenly fed to them by their seafaring parents looking for squid. Too heavy to fly, they die on the pristine beaches of Lord Howe Island.
Mother Earth is mourning.