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Published: December 5th 2016
We woke this morning to a very wet and dreary day so we decided on an indoor activity - a visit to the World of WearableArt (WOW) Museum which is co-located with a motor museum. That's convenient, something for me and something for Bernie!
The WOW museum houses a selection of costumes that have appeared in the annual WOW shows. The idea for an exhibition of art that could be worn originated with an artist in Nelson and originally the shows were staged annually in Nelson. The concept proved so popular that the shows outgrew their original home in Nelson and now they are held each year in September/October in Wellington.
We went through the WOW Museum first and found the costumes quite astonishing. Artists from all over the world enter costumes in a range of themes and categories and the museum displays just a small selection of the most successful costumes. They update the collection twice each year in May and November so locals can make return visits to see a lot more of the costumes held by the museum than we could see on a single visit.
Although the items displayed statically on the mannequins were
quite amazing when we watched the video of the items as they appeared on the runway in the WOW shows they were even more spectacular. I am going to have to find out more about the shows and see how much it costs to attend. I'll have to get Kerry interested in accompanying me though because I doubt that Bernie would be interested.
From the world of avant-garde art/fashion we crossed over into the world of vintage cars. With both collections housed in the same complex there was a certain amount of crossover between the displays. In the WOW Museum there were a couple of mannequins posed in/on vintage cars. In the first shed of the Classic Cars Museum we were still encountering the odd mannequin clothed in bizarre and unusual wearable art! As we made our way out into the second shed of cars we found only cars ... and a model of a great white shark hanging from the ceiling. Still not sure how that tied in with either of the other exhibitions?! It was certainly a very impressive collection of cars and one of the largest collections we've ever seen in our travels. We really should
check out Lindsay Fox's collection in Melbourne one of these days.
The weather hadn't really improved while we were at the museum so, after a light lunch in the cafe, we headed back to Robin and Sandra's for a lazy afternoon of photo processing, blogging and reading.
We took Robin and Sandra out to dinner at 'The Lemongrass' which is rated Richmond's No.3 restaurant on Trip Advisor. The Lemongrass describes itself as an Asian fusion experience. We had two mixed starters to begin with and then shared a fish curry, crispy duck and some deep fried pork belly between us. The food was delicious and Robin and Sandra are sure they will go again now that they've tried it out.
We went to dinner early so that there would still be time to continue the Trans Tasman Card Challenge. I can hardly believe that I won 'Jo' again. The visitors won Bolivia so we are back to being just one game down.
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