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WOW! Daniella does it again

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Daniella Sasvári has once more wowed the judges, being named a finalist in the internationally renowned World of WearableArt (WOW) competition.

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L-R: GESTA HUNGARORUM (2014), TEMPLA MENTIS (2015), ALHAM-BRA (2016); Daniella Sasvári (Credit: World of WearableArt)

Daniella, who is a Level 7 distance delivery student at the Learning Connexion School of Creativity and Art (TLC) is one of 16 Wellington finalists, and 115 overall named for this year's WOW show at Wellington’s TSB Arena from 26 September until 13 October.

Daniella, whose entry for the show is under secrecy, has been working on it since beginning her studies at TLC in 2017.

“Basically, all my TLC work was about and related to this. I am really looking forward to see how it will operate in a stage environment, with good lights and fresh eyes. That will be the day of judgement and self-critique – and a little celebration too.”

WOW has been a continued source of success for Daniella, who has been entering the competition since 2008.

She won the Sustainability Award in 2015 with her hand-painted garment Templa Mentis, and won honourable mention in the Weta Costume & Film section in 2014 for Gesta Hungarorum (Chronicle of the Hungarians).

She’s lived in New Zealand since 2007, but before that she was a successful costumier in Hungary, spending 10 years working with a regional theatre.

Daniella says she came to TLC with some foundation skills in construction and tailoring, but the school gave her the extra creative push to take her work to the next level.

“Those 10 years in the theatre is where my success came from, they gave me a specific set of practical skills. However, I had reached a level on my own where I couldn’t grow further. I really wanted to improve my painting and life drawing skills – and the Learning Connexion allowed me to do this.”

Originally studying onsite and attending life drawing and painting classes, Daniella made the move to distance delivery study in 2018, and now does her study – and costume making – from home.

She says WOW allowed her to continue developing creative work, and she was able to use her WOW entries to gain publicity and recognition as a productive, successful artist.

“It’s been a very good journey,” she says. “it slowly built up every year as I learned more about the competition.”

The finalists were selected following three days of judging at the WOW Museum in Nelson. They come from as far afield as Austria, Belarus, China, India, Ireland, Russia, Singapore and Sweden.

The finalists were presented with six design challenges, based on the six "worlds" that will be on show during the festival.

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Additional reporting by Stuff and WOW


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