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Academy of Art University Students Win Top Honors in International Competition

Academy of Art University School of Fashion Design students Liina Gruener, BFA Fashion Design, and Marjorie Cox, BFA Textile Design, won World of WearableArt (WOW®) Awards during a competition that took place in Wellington, New Zealand. WOW® is a leading international wearable art event with more than 300 entries from around the world.

“The success of WOW® has always been dependent on new designers participating, and we’ve spent considerable time traveling to the US, Asia and Australia to encourage fresh entrants,” explains Suzie Moncrieff, WOW® Founder and Director. “We’re delighted to see many international entries coming in, particularly through the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.”
The Academy of Art University is the only art college in the US that submits student work to the competition and has put the project into the fashion curriculum. This year Academy of Art University submitted 11 student entries.
Wooden DressLiina and Marjorie entered 3 wooden dresses, which won the 2008 Winner Shell Student Design Award and $6,000 New Zealand dollars. They were also runner-up in the CentrePort Inspired by Architecture Section.

Inspired by wooden toys, 3D puzzles and Alice in Wonderland, the dresses premiered at the Graduation Fashion Show and Awards ceremony in San Francisco and were featured in Women’s Wear Daily and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Liina traveled to New Zealand to attend the competition not expecting to win, but thrilled to be accepted. Out of town designers were treated to museum visits, meetings with fabric weavers, a tour of the Weta Workshop (special effects creators for Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy), lunch with the Deputy Mayor of Wellington and a cocktail party with the wife of the US Ambassador at the US Embassy.

“I felt so honored and excited to be in the show. I hadn't even thought about it being a competition, so I was completely shocked to see our dresses up there as a finalist and then to win two prizes! The Inspired by Architecture section was very strong, so we are really proud to be runner-up in that category. Then to win first in the student section was incredible,” said Liina.

Other fashion students with garments accepted in the show were: Aran Baik, Tura Sugden, Yasmin Perez, Cliff Smith, Jackee Princeau, Lyric Wilson, Patty Markison and Sooji Lee.

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