Do you have a flair for design and a passion for wool? If so, the annual WoolOn Awards are for you!

The Awards will be held on 17-18 of August in Alexandra. One of Central Otago’s most iconic events, the awards celebrate wool’s incredible qualities as a natural fibre and the ways it can be used creatively in high-fashion garments.

Held over two nights, Friday’s First Look event offers a relaxing opportunity to experience the excitement of the catwalk. Saturday’s Rural Women New Zealand WoolOn Awards is WoolOn’s premier event. Category and overall winners are announced during a spectacular catwalk and award show with guests enjoying local food, wine and entertainment.

This year’s awards promise to be bigger and bolder than ever with two new categories opened for Novice designers and Accessories. These categories offer new designers or experienced craftspeople who have never entered an awards show an opportunity to showcase their skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

Existing categories include; Streetwear, Avant-Garde, Felted, Machined, Special Occasion, Collections, Hand-crafted and Under 23. All of which are expected to attract local, national and international designers as WoolOn builds upon the success our last year’s event. WoolOn is particularly keen to attract entries for both male and female fashion to further broaden the range of spectacular garments on show.

Each category winner receives $1000 in prize money, while our overall Supreme Award winner takes away a fantastic prize of $5000. Not only do the Awards offer contestants a platform to showcase their designs, but WoolOn is also offering designers who attend the event an opportunity to meet with judges post-awards to learn some tips that will help them advance their skills.

Tickets for the event will go on sale in June. Regular updates can be found on WoolOn's Facebook page.


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