Recent School of Fashion Graduate Has Senior Collection Selected for Prestigious World of Wearable Art Awards Show in New Zealand
Yu-Shin ‘Mue’ Kim, MFA Fashion & Knitwear Design 2007, has had three looks from her senior
collection chosen to be included in the World of Wearable Art WOW Fashion Show and Awards in
Wellington, New Zealand on September 21, 2007.
Mue created this collection for the April 27th 2007 San Francisco show. She decided to
move away from a contemporary fashion look and drew inspiration from the sculptures of Tony Cragg,
the knitwear craft art of Mark Newport, wardrobes of comic-book heroes, and the performance
costumes of Leigh Bowery.
She is from Incheon, South Korea.
One of the most interesting cultural phenomena in New Zealand over the past 15 years has been
the spectacular success of WOW, an annual competition and awards show that explores the
intersection between fashion and art, through a genre popularly known as wearable art.
This unique event has encouraged an explosion of creative activity, inspiring a wide range of
fashion designers, artists, costume makers and other craft artists from all over the world to
The range of the garments is breathtaking, as the rules of the competition mean that anything
that is in any way wearable can find a place on the runway. Garments are constructed from an
array of materials - car parts, wood shavings, potato chip bags, seaweed, telephone parts, paper
clips – the list is endless.
Every year since 1987, WOW choreographs a unique performance that fuses art, fashion, light
and sound. The award show draws over 30,000 art lovers, fashionistas and media from around
the world to witness designers truly testing their creative mettle.
WOW is an internationally recognized arts competition and the largest single arts event in
New Zealand. Designers from all over the world have participated with over $100,000 worth of
Tourism New Zealand recognizes the powerful impact WOW has brought to the country and works
with the organizers of WOW and New Zealand Fashion Week to bring international guests to
This year both Gladys Perint Palmer, Executive Director of the School of Fashion, and Simon
Ungless, Director of Graduate Fashion, have been invited as guests of New Zealand to participate in
the WOW Awards Show and New Zealand Fashion Week. Gladys will be a guest international judge
for the awards show.
Tourism New Zealand has created a schedule for the VIP guests to meet with local art experts
to discover the region’s treasures, visit local and international artist studios, meet with
designers, fabric and fiber producers for both traditional and organic fabric, as well as visit the
historic WOW Museum. They will attend select runway presentations of RTW designers and visit
with local fashion design schools.