WOW is a glorious spectacle onstage, but you can't beat seeing the garments close up to admire the thought and fine craftsmanship that has gone into each one (The National WOW Museum in Nelson is definitely worth a visit). Recently I interviewed four designers for the latest Zoom-Zoom magazine, which WOW partner Mazda produces for its clients. Grace DuVal, Dylan Mulder, Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry have created some of WOW's best garments, and the mag featured some gorgeous macro shots of their work.
Tatyanna and Natasha featured in the book I wrote for WOW back in November 2014, so it was great to get back in touch with them and see their continuing creativity and commitment in the years since. I've also interviewed Dylan several times and am always so inspired by his entrepreneurial spirit and innovative approach to design. It was the first time I'd talked to Grace, but I can't believe the work that has gone into Refuse Refuge, the spiky black garment in the gallery above that was runner-up to the Supreme Award last year. It was made entirely of bicycle inner tubes that she'd found discarded outside Chicago bicycle shops, including thousands of 'feathers' that she'd cut from the rubber.