Australian Wearable Art Festival 2024

Australian Wearable Art Festival 2024


Posted 2024-04-30 by Kitty Goodallfollow

Fri 09 Aug 2024 - Sat 10 Aug 2024

The Most Fashionable Art Festival in Oz is Back

AWAF 2023 Supreme Winner and Floriana Winner Dear Babushka by Isabelle Cameron. Photography by Barry Alsop

Excitement is mounting as the countdown begins for the highly anticipated Australian Wearable Art Festival (AWAF) which is set to dazzle audiences this August. Now the finalists for 2024 have been unveiled, the stage is set for a mesmerising display of creativity, innovation, and boundary-breaking fashion.

Scheduled to take place at Venue 114 on the Sunshine Coast, this year's festival promises to be a cultural extravaganza unlike any other. Showcasing 39 wearable art pieces on a stunning 27-meter-long catwalk, the event will captivate art enthusiasts, fashion aficionados, and anyone with a penchant for the extraordinary. Last year’s event was nothing short of jaw-dropping and this year promises to be even better.

Fashion is more art than art is - Andy Warhol

The festival will celebrate diversity, ingenuity, and the boundless possibilities of wearable art, from recycled marvels in the 'Trashion' category to ethereal creations inspired by nature in 'Sustainable Nature,' and from the enchanting floral designs of 'Floriana' to the bold silhouettes in ‘Avant Garde’.

Wendy Roe, curator of the Australian Wearable Art Festival, expressed her delight at the overwhelming response to ticket sales and the growing appetite for cultural and artistic experiences across Australia, signalling a vibrant cultural landscape that continues to thrive.

AWAF 2023 Avante-Garde Winner Slave by Evita Camilleri and Dan Draper. Photography by Barry Alsop

“We launched ticket sales in February and have already sold 25% of tickets for the August event, which we feel is a really healthy indication of the festival’s sustained interest with our audience around Australia,” Ms Roe said.

“Last year’s attendees raved about the excitement and spectacle of the catwalk, where sculptural artworks are like something you would see at the Met Gala or at a runway in Paris Fashion Week.

“There has been such momentum created around this event that our 39 finalists hail from across the continents – Europe, Southeast-Asia and the United States – as well as a continued strong representation from across Australia.”

In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous - Elsa Schiaparelli

AWAF 2023 Supreme Winner and Floriana Winner Dear Babushka by Isabelle Cameron. Photography by Barry Alsop

One such artist is Isabelle Cameron, last year's Supreme Winner, whose astounding piece ‘Dear Babushka’ captivated audiences with its homage to Ukrainian heritage. Now, Cameron returns as a finalist with her latest creation, 'Stardust', a whimsical narrative that promises to enchant and enthral. She invites audiences into a world where crochet transcends its traditional confines to become a vehicle for storytelling and self-expression.

‘Stardust’ continues her mission to challenge perceptions and elevate crochet to the realm of high fashion.

“If “Dear Babushka” was a love letter to my heritage and to the women who came before me, “Stardust” is me – raw, awkward, honest, and silly,” Ms Cameron said.

“’Stardust’ tells a story of a crochet sea monster plucked from the seaweed – for the first time the world sees them for exactly who they are and that is terrifying.”

Incorporating movement and volume with exaggerated limbs, a high contrast colourway and a ruffled, crochet mohawk, the piece will be a continuation of Ms Cameron’s practice that challenges public perceptions of crochet.

“Crochet has always been underestimated in fashion and it’s time to change that,” Ms Cameron said.

AWAF 2023 Supreme Winner Stephanie Saal, with Isabelle Cameron, Rosanna Natoli, and Samille Muirhead. Photography by Barry Alsop

Councilor Tim Burns, representing Sunshine Coast Council Division 3, emphasised the festival's significance as a driver of economic growth and cultural enrichment. Through its support of events like the Australian Wearable Art Festival, the council aims to foster creativity, innovation, and community engagement.

“As a sponsor of this event and many others, our message to everyone is simple,” urged Burns, “Buy tickets early so that event organisers have the confidence to keep delivering wildly creative and entertaining experiences like the Australian Wearable Art Festival!’’

AWAF 2023 Emerging Wearable Artist Winner Perfectly Tarnished by Rae Saheli and Rhiannon Thomas. Photography by Barry Alsop

Indeed, the success of the Australian Wearable Art Festival lies in its ability to forge connections between artists and audiences, fostering a dynamic exchange of ideas and inspirations.

“As a meeting point of art, fashion, costuming and technology, the Festival fills a particular niche in the national art landscape,” Ms Roe said.

“It’s designed as an opportunity to connect wearable artists and designers to industry; there are few events where relatively unknown artists can gain national exposure on the scale we see at Australian Wearable Art Festival.

“It’s a chance, especially for emerging artists, to have their works shown and our audiences are able to revel in an unbridled level of creativity that occurs when experimental creative minds blend genres and mediums.”

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known - Oscar Wilde

AWAF 2024 promises a sensory feast, where every material - from discarded objects to natural elements - is transformed into wearable works of art. Attendees have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the intricacies of each creation, engage with the artists, and gain insight into the creative process.

“It’s a unique combination and one that has audiences walking away feeling electrified and inspired,” Ms Roe added.

“This interplay has nurtured such passionate local support and we’re so grateful for our Sunshine Coast sponsors – many of whom have come on board after experiencing the Festival for themselves.”

AWAF 2023 Sustainable Nature Winner Recurvata by Karen Lynch Photography by Barry Alsop

As the festival approaches, anticipation continues to build, fuelled by the support of sponsors, partners, and enthusiasts alike. Thanks to the Queensland Government, Sunshine Coast Council, and a host of other organisations backing the event, the stage is set for a spectacular showcase of talent and innovation.

Don't miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary event. Secure your tickets now and prepare to be dazzled by the ingenuity, creativity, and sheer spectacle of the Australian Wearable Art Festival. Join the fun on August 9th and 10th for an experience that promises to ignite your imagination and inspire your soul. Visit to reserve your seat today.

Remember, the future of art is wearable, and the future is now.

AWAF 2023 Emerging Wearable Artist Winner Perfectly Tarnished by Rae Saheli and Rhiannon Thomas. Photography by Barry Alsop

Australian Wearable Art Festival 2024

WHEN: 7pm Friday 9 August 2024, 12pm Saturday 10 August 2024, and 6.30pm Saturday 10 August 2024

WHERE: Venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina QLD 4575

COST: Matinee Tickets from $90, Evening Tickets from $120
Pensioner and Student concessions available.

To purchase tickets or keep up to date by subscribing to the AWAF newsletter, visit

The Australian Wearable Art Festival 2024 Finalists

· Karla Pinkett
· Andrea Pollock
· Natalie Hamblin
· Christy Yahav
· Sally-Ann Porter
· Kathleen Hunt
· Louise Gerzanics
· Tatiana Sheverda
· Amelia Jan Tahere-Angus
· Robyn Valentine
· Britt Timmins
· Michael Percival
· Shumbi Love
· Antoaneta Tica
· Galina Mihaleva
· Lucy Yule

AWAF 2023 Trashion Runner Up Citric Chic by Elzbieta Cios-Jonas. Photography by Barry Alsop

· Roz Bannan
· Eloise Galea
· Vivien Eardley
· Mayhla Howells
· Ririn Yaxley

AWAF 2023 Sustainable Nature Winner Recurvata by Karen Lynch Photography by Barry Alsop

· Karen Jones
· Viera Keogh
· Felicity Aitken
· Lisa von Muller
· Kana Sasaki
· Lorena Balea Raitz

· Karen Lynch
· Maria Leoni
· Dinh Hai Yen
· Renate Jamieson
· Rae Saheli and Rhiannon Thomas
· Alexandra Zvi
· Isabelle Cameron
· Madelyn Sumner
· Alle-Jane Sellens
· Teddy McRitchie
· Suzy Syme & Andrew Costa
· Kelcie Bryant-Duguid
· Olga Blake Mckenzie

AWAF 2023 Avante-Garde Winner Slave L-R Dan Draper and Evita Camilleri. Photography by Barry Alsop

Australian Wearable Art Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland. Sunshine Coast Council is the official destination partner for the Festival. The Festival would also not be possible without key partners including Visit Sunshine Coast, Argon Law, Hello Sunshine and In Noosa Magazines, Fresh PR & Marketing, the De Deyne family, Horse & Water and Converge Marketing.

AWAF 2023 Trashion Runner Up Citric Chic by Elzbieta Cios-Jonas. Photography by Barry Alsop


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