Wearable Art Mandurah 2021



2021 saw the grand return of Wearable Art Mandurah, after it was sadly cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. For the first time, the competition timeline was changed to coincide with the school year, leading to an increase in youth entrants.


See below more detailed information about our Judging event, Showcase and Exhibition.

Aerdrie Faenya at Wearable Art Mandurah 2021

2021 competition

Judging 2021

Judging took place on 27 – 28 August at  Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. The judging process was publicly presented, providing an audience the opportunity to get special insights into the garments from the judges and the designers.

83 garments were presented in 8 categories: Avant Garde | Black and White | Paper | Migration | Tertiary | Tertiary Pairing | Youth 12/Under | Youth 13-18. Each garment was presented on a model with professional hair, makeup and photography on the day.


The 2021 judges were:

Leisa Landre-Ord | Paul O’Connor | Gillian-Kaye Peebles | Jacq Chorlton | Justine McKnight | Claire Hunt | Susan Roux | Mayor Rhys Williams


Garments featured in the Judging 2021 gallery are:

Cat Shepherd; Up and Away |  Marlina Pangaribuan; Mother’s Love | Jacqueline Gibson; Bubble | Janelle D’Souza; Light

Showcase 2021

The 2021 Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase took place on 6-7 November at the David Grays Arena, with three performances over the weekend.

The Showcase was creatively directed and choreographed by Metro Agency, who brought together music, dance, film and modelling to present an entertaining and cohesive performance. The outdoor performance integrated with a specially-made film by Overland Media, which featured Showcase garments in locations around Mandurah.

The Sunday matinee performance of the Showcase was an accessible performance, which featured a relaxed performance environment, and incorporated Auslan, Audio Description and a tactile tour for people who are blind or have low vision.

Paper Category garments from the competition were featured in an exhibition held at ManPAC (see details below).

A full program including all showcase garments is available here.


The 2021 winners announced at the end of the saturday evening showcase were:

Avant Garde – Gwendydd Fox; Gilded Cage | Paper – Davina Homer; Pilgrim | Black & White – Alana Grant, Ruby Vale, Aysha Vale; New Again. Full Circle | Migration – Stephanie Munro; The Red Army | Tertiary – Cat Shepherd; Crossing the line | Tertiary Pairing – Maria Dumitrescu, Emily Pedlow; The Metamorphosis & Aerial Migration | Youth 12/Under – Zahara Dos Santos; Love of Dolls | Youth 13-18 – Makayla Parr; ATAR Stressball  | Artist of the Year – Margarete Palz; Oscillating Curves | International Award – Oana Maria Rosca; White Rainbow Taftainc. Award – Monica Goodall, Philomena Hali; MENOS | Creative Reuse – Renate Jamieson; Bodies of Water | First-time Entrant – Maddy Constable; The Beauty of Ningaloo  



Welcome to Country – George Walley | Showcase Film – Overland Media | Models – Metro Agency | Choreographers – Dean Phillips, Cindylee Whitcroft, Michelle Boylan | Stage Manager – Ashleigh Calabrese | Styling Hair and Make-up – Kulture Hair Salon | Wardrobe Manager – Sacha Mahboub | Wardrobe Coordinator – Julie Smith | Staging and Screen Provider – TLS Production | Stage Dressing – Aussie Made Metal Art | Lighting Design and Operation – Clint Gerard | Awards Host – Ali Hill | Audio Description and Tactile Tour (relaxed performance) DADAA Ltd.) | Auslan Interpretation (relaxed performance) Auslan Stage Left | Category Coordinators – Jodie Davidson, Anzara Clark | Photography – Stephen Heath Photography



ManPAC | Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery | Taftainc. | Gillian-Kaye Peebles



The garments featured in the Showcase 2021 gallery are:

Renate Jamieson; Bodies of Water | Jo Court, Sarah Walker; Aquatica | Oana Maria Rosca; White Rainbow | Makayla Parr; ATAR Stressball | Gwendydd Fox; Gilded Cage | Maria Dumitrescu, Emily Pedlow; The Metamorphosis & Aerial Migration | Grace Holswich, Emma Jackson – Two roses | Zahara Dos Santos; Love of Dolls 


Exhibitions 2021

The Wearable Art Mandurah Exhibition was held from 18 February – 10 April 2022.

The Exhibition opened on Friday 17 February, with an opening event featuring live classical guitar, a beautifully styled courtyard and a roving performance.

The Exhibition featured 27 garments, suspended among a backdrop of scaffolding. The exhibition also used Audio Descriptions for people who are blind or have low vision.

The Artist Talk saw 5 artists discuss their work on the final of day of the exhibition.

A full exhibition program including all garments is available here.


The Paper Exhibition In the Fold was shown at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre from 5 – 27 November 2021. This exhibition showcased the delicate paper garments suspended in custom-made display boxes, highlighting the fragility and resilience of the medium.