Wearable Art is an artistic expression of individual, hand-made garments that highlight the skills, techniques and craftsmanship of the designer.

Entry to Wearable Art Mandurah is inclusive to established and upcoming artists across all design forms, within five categories; Avant-Garde, Transformation, Metallic, Tertiary and Youth.

Criteria and Judging


Explore the world of wearable art by creating extravagant, revolutionary, provocative works of art on the body. Be inspired to transform artisan skills including sewing, felting, weaving, dyeing, leather tooling, beading, painting, knitting, crocheting and more into expressions of history, personal stories and a new perspective of design. Consider innovation in materials including traditional fibres and finished fabrics as well as recycled, reused and repurposed materials.

Garments will be judged with equal weighting across five criteria:

Artistic Vision

  • Articulated inspiration or narrative in your Artist Statement
  • The synergy between your artwork and your Artist Statement

Creativity and Originality

  • Use of traditional techniques in a non-traditional way
  • The presentation of unconventional ideas

Innovative Use of Materials

  • The innovation, manipulation and transformation of materials

Quality of Craftsmanship and Construction

  • Excellence in form and technique
  • Durability, safety and freedom of movement

Visual Impact

  • Level of visual impact from all angles

Artist Statement

The Artist Statement is the communication between you and the audience, describing your creative process of construction and results. It may include your personal history, symbolism, purpose or philosophy and should represent your artwork. Write in simple language and consider the relevance to the category (maximum 100 words).


  1. Your Pre-selection photographs and Artist Statement will be judged by a panel.
  2. Successful Pre-selection artists will be notified by 11 March, 2019 and listed on the website.
  3. Successful Pre-selection garments will be judged at the Final Judging on Saturday 6 April, and will be professionally photographed.
  4. Finalists will be notified by 23 April, 2019 and listed on the website.
  5. Finalist garments will feature in the Showcase events on Saturday 15 June and Sunday 16 June, 2019.

Judges Hot Tips

  • Consider structure and form
  • Change thinking from the traditional form of dresses, skirts and trousers and more towards a sculptural artwork
  • Be innovative with materials – try to use materials that have been manipulated or transformed rather than using commercially available fabric or materials
  • Consider how the garment will perform, move and appear on stage. How does it compliment the human form? What makes it stand out from the rest?
  • Ensure the garment looks as good from the front as it does from the back.
  • Poor quality photographs may reduce your score in the Pre-selection Judging.
  • For the Final Judging, carefully consider the overall presentation including hair, make-up, movement and choice of model.
  • For a garment to be considered for the showcase, it must:
    • fit a female size 8 – 12 or a men’s size medium
    • be durable and be able to be worn up to 15 times
    • include clear dressing instructions
    • be safe to wear eg. no sharp edges, not excessively heavy

Photography Hot Tips

  • Three full length images; 1 x front, 1 x back, 1 x side
  • One close up image to show material detail and technique
  • Photograph your garment on a person
  • Use a plain background
  • Consider the background colour to contrast against your garment
  • Where possible, use a light source from the front rather than the back
  • File size minimum 2mb, maximum 5mb

For more tips see our Guide to Photographing Your Wearable Art 

Showcase and Exhibition


Now in its ninth year, the Wearable Art Mandurah showcase is an 80-minute multi-art form event at Mandurah Performing Art Centre, on Saturday 15 June and Sunday 16 June 2019. The Showcase introduces audiences to the creative achievements of wearable art within a theatrical context featuring dancers, musicians, singers and models.


A selection of garments will be exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Spaces Mandurah from 6 August to 22 September 2019.

Categories and Awards

There are five categories and additional special awards, totalling more than $15,000 in cash and prizes.


Avant-Garde    $1,000 cash

Think Jean Paul Gaultier meets Lady Gaga! Consider using traditional materials in a non-traditional way. Favour or introduce new experimental ideas and methods. Push the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo. Ask "has this been done before?"

Movement    $1,000 cash

Consider movement in a theatrical sense; articulation; a moving part of a mechanism, a group of people working together to advance their ideas; a change or development; a principal division of a longer musical work.

A Land Down Under    $1,000 cash

Embrace the culture, architecture, iconography, people, flora and fauna of this unique part of the world.

Tertiary Student    $1,000 cash

The Tertiary Student Category, is for students registered at universities, TAFE institutions or government approved registered training organisations any time between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019. Includes 2018 graduate students.

Youth Award presented by Reading Cinemas Mandurah    $500 cash

Open to artists 18 years and under, with no themes or boundaries. The brief? To create a revolutionary work of art on the body.

Special Awards

Wearable Art Artist of the Year Award    Increased to $5,000 cash

The artist with the highest score across all categories will earn the prestigious title of Wearable Art Artist of the Year.

International Award    $1,000 cash

Open to artists living outside Australia, across all categories.

Creative Reuse Award    Increased to $3,000 cash

Reuse discarded objects or materials to create a product of higher quality or value than the original. Requires a minimum of 80% repurposed materials.

TAFTA Inc. Award    Residential workshop worth $1,100

For extravagant, revolutionary, provocative works of art on the body using traditional fibres or textiles in an original and creative way.
This Award offers a week long residential workshop at the 2019 or 2020 Geelong Fibre Forum, valued at $1,100 AUD. (Includes accommodation, all meals, and workshops, excludes airfares and transfers).

First-Time Entrant Award    World of Wearable Art Book

All first-time entrants are eligible.

Gillian Kaye Peebles Youth Award    $500 cash

Open to artists 18 years and under, with no themes or boundaries.

Powertex Award presented by Powertex Australia    $500 Powertex Products

Artists across all categories who incorporate one or more Powertex products are eligible for this award.

Artists are not eligible for multiple prizes. If an artist is the highest scorer across multiple categories and/or awards, they will be deemed to win the prize of the highest value.

How to Enter

Step 1

Application entries open 1 July 2018 (WST) and close 16 December 2018 (WST)

Step 2

Pre-selection Submission will open on 20 December 2018 for all for registered 2019 entrants
Closing date is 18 February, 2019 (WST).
Submission requirements;

  1. Four high quality photographs of your completed garment
  2. 100 word Artist Statement of your completed garment
  3. 50 word statement of techniques and materials used
  4. 50 word condensed artist statement

Step 3

Garment Judging For Youth Category (aged 18 and under)
All Youth Artists should bring their completed garment to the Youth Judging Event on 23 March 2019.
Artists unable to attend the Youth Judging Event should ensure their garment is received by 4pm Wednesday 20 March, 2019 (WST).

Garment Judging For all Adult Categories (over 18)
Successful Pre-selection Artists should bring their completed garment to the Final Judging on 6 April 2019.
Artists unable to attend the Final Judging should ensure their garment is received by 4pm Wednesday 3 April, 2019 (WST).

Garment delivery location is: City of Mandurah, 3 Peel St Mandurah, Western Australia 6210 AUSTRALIA.

National and International Artists unable to attend Judging will receive a garment freight subsidy of $100 AUD. More information on freighting your garment is available HERE