28 Sep 2019

Indonesian designer scoops top WOW award for second time

6:49 am on 28 September 2019

An Indonesian fashion designer who has Beyonce and Madonna on his clients' list has won this year's World of Wearable Arts supreme award.

Supreme winner Rinaldy Yunardi's Lady Warrior second left at top

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By Indonesia's Rinaldy Yunardi

The winning work. Photo: Supplied

Winners were announced at a ceremony in Wellington last night.

Rinaldy Yunardi won $30,000 for an intricate suit of golden armour made from metal and recycled paper called Lady Warrior.

"I have no words, only WOW. This is for women all around the world. The heart is the woman's strength," Mr Yunardi said after his win was announced.

It is the second time Mr Yunardi has taken away the top award - he won in 2017 for Encapsulate.

The 48-year-old self-taught designer impressed the six judges with a suit of armour that looks both delicate and fierce, with sharp edges and a helmet that has a long pointed end that looks like it could do someone serious damage.

Runnerup was Australian designer Kirsten Fletcher for her geometrically striking and colourful twin outfits called Woven In-tent, made from reclaimed tents, cane, wire and steel.

A crowd favourite won the Cirque du Soleil invited artisan award - Sea Urchin Explosion by the UK's Jack Irving.

It consists of giant bright orange tentacles inflated to surround the model who looks like a sea urchin... with legs.

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Waka Huia Photo: Supplied

International designers dominated the awards this year, but for her personal award WOW's founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff chose New Zealand designer Kayla Christensen for a work called Waka Huia.

It features portraits of Maori women whose faces bear symbols of land and sea.

The WOW event continues in the capital until 13 October.