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I made use of the free hostel bikes today to visit the World of Wearable Art (WOW) and classic cars museum, which is located a few miles from Nelson. The concept of a piece of art that can be worn was born in Nelson in the 1980′s, and is now a yearly event which designers from around the world compete in. Nowadays the event is held in Wellington, but the museum with many of the past artworks on display is located just outside Nelson.
In the galleries I encountered a dress made from elastic bands, a flowery dress made from cut up plastic bottles, and plenty of other bizare creations made from metal, wood and even sea shells. Some artworks use more traditional materials, but the unusual forms make them unique in the world of fashion. I especially loved some of the items from the ‘bizare bra’ section. There was also a gallery dedicated to uv reflective items – they can hardly be called clothes.
There was also a film which shows some of the artworks in motion, and a gallery of classic cars.
Heading back to Nelson, I take the coast road, stopping at the beach with the invitingly calm sea.