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, Black and White, Migration, Paper, 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 10 July 2020 and listed on the website.
  3. Successful Pre-selection garments will be judged at the Final Judging on Saturday 15 August 2020 for Youth and Tertiary entries and on Saturday 5 September 2020 for Adult entries - all entries will be professionally photographed.
  4. Finalists will be notified by 25 September 2020.
  5. Finalist garments will feature in the Showcase events on the weekend of the 7 November 2020.

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 tenth year, the Wearable Art Mandurah showcase is an 80-minute multi-art form event at Mandurah Performing Art Centre, on the weekend of the 7 November.

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 19 February  – 28 March 2021.

Categories and Awards


Avant-Garde    $1,000 

Push the boundaries of radical design, innovation, concept development and execution. Avant Garde puts the “revolutionary” into Wearable Art Mandurah.

Migration    $1,000 

Mandurah’s wetlands are known as a haven for intercontinental migratory birds, just as our city is home to people from across the globe.

Explore the flow and flux of travelling populations, both human and wild.

Black and White    $1,000 

Strip your garment back to the essentials of form, texture and technique in the monochrome.

Paper    $1,000 

Accept the challenge of fabricating a garment that is at least 90% paper, demonstrating the fragility and resilience of the materials. Successful entries will be displayed in th Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery. These garments will not be worn in the showcase but must be wearable.

Tertiary Student    $1,000 

Open to artists who are students registered at universities, TAFE institutions or government approved registered training organisations by 13 June 2020.

Youth Award    $500 

Bold – playful – serious – sophisticated. Celebrating divergent ideas and the emerging talent of artists 18 years and under.

Special Awards

Artist of the Year Award    $5,000 

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

International Award    $1,000 

Open to artists living outside Australia.

Creative Reuse Award    $3,000 

Reuse discarded objects or materials to create a product of higher quality or value than the original. Requires a minimum of 80% repurposed materials. This is an award that applies across all categories.

Tertiary Pairing Project    $1,000 

An opportunity for tertiary students to explore the concept of migration by collaborating with other artists, perhaps far away! Tertiary Pairing Project PDF

These entrants will be nominated by their tertiary institution to be paired with a student from a different institution.


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 November 2019 and close 1 March 2020
Entry form is available on the Designers page

Step 2

Pre-selection Submission will open 2 March 2020 and close 13 June 2020
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 (aged 18 and under) and Tertiary Categories
All Youth and Tertiary Artists should bring their completed garment to the Judging Event on 15 August 2020.
Artists unable to attend the Youth and Tertiary Judging Event should ensure their garment is received by 4pm Wednesday 12 August 2020 (WST).

Garment Judging For all Adult Categories (over 18)
Successful Pre-selection Artists should bring their completed garment to the Final Judging on 5 September 2020.
Artists unable to attend the Final Judging should ensure their garment is received by 4pm Wednesday 2 September 2020 (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