Wearable Art

by Norfolk Island Escapes

Norfolk Island’s Wearable Art festival is one that should not be missed. This festival is organized by the Community Arts Society and aims to showcase both the immense talent of the island’s designers and the overall courage of its models to actually wear the unique outfits. While some of the outfits are pretty simple yet made out of natural products, there are also those that are made out of recycled items and even more outrageous things.

The Norfolk Island Wearable Art festival is actually a spin-off of the Wearable Arts festival in Wellington, but it has easily caught on amongst the residents of the island, as well as its visitors. This festival happens every year in October.

Hundreds of Norfolk locals and visitors enjoy a trip to the island during this festival because of how popular it has become as a whole. Normally, there are at least 25 entries spread across five different sections, including art through the ages; natural fibers; extravagance; reinventing the groom; and recycled materials. The recycled materials section is usually always the biggest one with the most amounts of entries, not to mention the most creative ones.

At the end of the festival, the designer and model of the winning piece will win a trip to New Zealand, where they can attend the annual World of Wearable Arts event held in Wellington, an event that caters to an audience of 50,000 people.

One of the previous winning designs was an Elizabethan costume called Romeo and Juliet. This costume was made out of nothing but Romeo and Juliet cigar boxes, wire and cylinders.

Generally speaking, Norfolk Islanders definitely have a lot of creativity running through their veins. Matched with fun, talent and humor, this makes the Wearable Art festival an amazing experience for all. In fact, even the shyest people turn into more outrageous versions of themselves, as they become either designers or models. Children and adults from all walks of life get to enjoy creating all sorts of outfits, as well. Nobody ever leaves the Wearable Art festival without being in awe of someone or something.

Having said that, the Wearable Art festival of Norfolk Island is sure to wow all of its visitors every October – and that’s not the only thing that the island has to offer, either. There are also gorgeous rainforests to walk in, peaceful beaches to relax in, and quiet environments that people can go to in order to get away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world.

Of course, October isn’t the only month that visitors will get wowed by the island’s surprises, either. Still, the extraordinary pieces that are showcased in October are an incentive to go to Norfolk Island, especially for those who hope to get a taste of the unique culture and materials that the island can provide.

Every year, Norfolk Island’s Wearable Art festival just keeps getting better, combining both fashion and art in an unforgettable and breathtaking island style display. It definitely should not be missed!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather Teakle February 28, 2017 at 4:23 pm

I’m interested in coming to Norfolk Island for the Wearable Arts event. Can you send me as much info as you have. I may also enter a piece. I have created a number of such pieces for other event s in Australia. Is there a web page I can refer to?

Best wishes



Norfolk Island Escapes March 1, 2017 at 12:26 pm

Hi Heather,

Thank you for your enquiry. We will reply to your email address shortly.
Regards, Meg


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