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Alaskan Carpenter Takes Out Supreme Award At Montana* World of WearableArt(TM) Awards Show in New Zealand


David Walker, a Carpenter From Alaska, Won the Montana
Supreme WOW(R) Award in Wellington -- the First Time This
Highly Coveted Prize Has Gone to a U.S. Designer

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Oct. 1, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Described as
"a rebellion against the mundane", the Montana World of WearableArt(TM)
(WOW(R)) Awards Show bends traditional perceptions of both art and
fashion by choreographing garments into an extravaganza that blasts all
the senses and uplifts the spirit. Bob Haven, professor in Costume
Technology from the University of Kentucky summed up WOW(R), "Athletes
have the Olympics, actors have the Oscars, musicians have the Grammies,
and designers and costume creators have WOW(R)".

The 21st Montana WOW(R) Awards were announced on Friday, September 25th
after 165 incredible garments graced the stage across seven unique
sections in and around graffiti art, magic gardens, super heroes,
dancing cowboys, charming creatures from the dark and a parallel
universe. "There was no sign of a recession with designers from all
over the planet ascending on New Zealand to see their garments come to
life on the catwalk," said Suzie Moncrieff, WOW(R) Founder and
Director. "It was very exciting for an American designer to win,
reflecting how truly global the event has become."

The Supreme Montana WOW(R) Award went to David Walker from Alaska for
his sensational, 17th Century ball gown Lady Of The Wood. The Alaskan
artist created the piece entirely out of mahogany and lacewood with 52
strips of maple and cedar veneer for the hooped skirt, topped off with
a glamorous wig made out of wood shavings. A carpenter by trade, Walker
has been creating WearableArt(TM) for ten years and can't get enough of
the Montana WOW(R) Awards Show, attending for the third year in a row
and scooping the highly coveted WETA Award in 2007. Lady Of The Wood
was also winner of the Tourism New Zealand Avant Garde Section. "I'd
like to thank (Montana) WOW(R) for giving me the opportunity to exhibit
my work to the world," said Walker.

Human hair and the mystique of the horse was the inspiration behind
Mary Wing To's garment, Saddle Up -- winner of the 2009 Wellington
International Award and commended in the Tourism New Zealand Avant
Garde Section. The saddler from Enfield, United Kingdom had to cut,
stain, mould, lace and stitch each piece of leather by hand, then weave
silk and human hair around them and says she has been reviving the
craftsmanship of saddlery through design, "using the body as the canvas
and leather as the art." Wing To traveled to Wellington for the second
time to receive her esteemed award.

Gina Digirolamo and Lindsey Eisentraut from San Francisco, USA were
winners of the Shell Student Design Award. Their very compelling piece,
Bound, had two models in austere garments eternally bound by the
wrists. "This work represents our connection to the earth and each
other -- one human tribe plus our isolation and encapsulation as
individuals," said Digirolamo.

The line up of high calibre judges for 2009 were British born,
Associate Royal Sculptor Max Patte, fashion designer and savvy
businesswoman, Annah Stretton, Suzie Moncrieff and Mr. Tsai Kang Yung,
who judged the Wellington International Award. Oscar winning
film-maker, Richard Taylor of WETA Workshop judged the Special WETA
Award for the garment that best crossed the boundaries of film and

The Montana WOW(R) Awards Show is one of Tourism New Zealand's top
attractions and this year 37 International designers and over 100
global media descended on Wellington to attend.

Esteemed BBC correspondent Michael Peschardt said, after seeing the
show, "I've seen major cultural and fashion shows around the world and
this is unlike anything I've ever witnessed before."

For further information, including imagery please refer to the on-line
media room at www.worldofwearableart.com or e-mail Loren Aberhart,
Media Liaison media@worldofwearableart.com or phone: +64 21 2753 853

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