A spectacular fusion of sculptural art and haute couture is expected to dazzle an audience of 1000 people at the Australian Wearable Art Festival on Saturday, May 21, at Venue 114 in Bokarina.

The event attracts the who’s who of fashion and art, and will include a 25m catwalk where 42 national and international works will be showcased. This year’s festival ambassador is larger-than-life Brisbane media personality Damien Anthony Rossi, also know as ‘Mr Hollywood in Oz’.

“Having been raised in a showbiz family in Tinseltown, the biggest night of the year was the Oscars and I loved watching the amazing outfits of celebrities on the red carpet,” he says.

“I know that with the high calibre of artists and designers involved, this year’s Australian Wearable Art Festival is going to give us a taste of this fabulous finery and treat us to something very special.”

Event curator Wendy Roe says guests will be immersed in a world of wearable art.

“For the uninitiated, expect the wow factor – a fusion of Met Gala Ball meets Paris Fashion Week and everything in between,” she says.

The four main categories for the show are avant garde, trashion, sustainability and floriana. This year’s judges are acclaimed Sydney-based wearable artist Peter Dwyer, fashions on the field darling Mildred Ellwood and the Coast’s own haute couture specialist Judy Copely.

The festival has expanded to two shows this year – a matinee starting at 1pm and the gala show where winners are announced starting at 6pm. Tickets for the afternoon seating start at $50 and the gala event tickets start at $75. For tickets or to find out more visit australianwearableart.com.au.

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