Entries are now open for this iconic fashion event in New Zealand! Designers, are you ready?

The WoolOn Creative Fashion Event entries for 2021 are set to open. This event encourages designers from all stages to create wearable garments using New Zealand's most sustainable wool fibres.

WoolOn aims to showcase and develop wool design and artistry in New Zealand. Young designers, experienced designers and master-crafters are invited to challenge themselves on a stage where their creativity is encouraged and celebrated.

WoolOn 2021 features new categories and awards including the Mata-Au Award for the entry that best reflects and showcases New Zealand culture across all categories.

For the first time ever, designers are able to create garments using a wider range of fibres - where "wool fibres" now also include alpaca, cashmere, angora goat and mohair.

Entries will also no longer have to be created within 12 months of the WoolOn event - as long as it has never been entered into another event or competition.

WoolOn Creative and Fashion Society Inc designer liasion Bev Muir said the changes allowed designers the ability to showcase work they may have created for the cancelled 2019 event and the 2020 event affected by COVID-19.

“It takes a lot of time and effort for designers to create a garment and we wanted to acknowledge that and give them the ability to still use work they may have already started,” Muir said.

Opening up the entries in 2020 rather than waiting until next year also gave designers certainty and something to focus on during the restricted alert levels, Mrs Muir said.

Entries for WoolOn 2021 open from 4 May 2020 and close 3 May 2021 and will be available on the WoolOn website www.woolon.co.nz or by emailing entries@woolon.co.nz.