Wearable Wonders at Australian Wearable Art Festival

Image source: Photographer Barry Alsop

You’ll never toss away a teabag, tyre or tent peg once you see how they can be transformed into haute couture. The Australian Wearable Art Festival is back bigger than ever and Carlie Wacker will be weaving her way into it.

There is a sense of fantasy at the Australian Wearable Art Festival and with the tickets selling fast, there is every chance this homegrown event will continue to feed the need for experiences that celebrate culture, art and escapism for years to come. In August, 39 national and international wearable art pieces will come alive on the Australian Wearable Art Festival’s 27-metre-long catwalk at the Sunshine Coast’s Venue 114.

The visual feast will challenge the most fashion-forward, creative and artistic minds to think even further outside the box as the stage is set for a display of garments made from the most unexpected everyday bits and bobs – proving that trash is truly treasure when placed in the hands of a fertile, creative mind. I remember the first Wearable Art Festival in Eumundi in 2019 where I created a paper mâché dress made entirely out of IN Noosa Magazine proof sheets. It grew so quickly and in 2024 the Australian Wearable Art Festival is bigger than ever and has attracted a global following.

Curator and co-founder Wendy Roe is one of the legends behind the most imaginative event on the calendar.

“This is a meeting point of art, fashion, costuming and technology, the Festival fills a particular niche in the national art landscape,” Wendy says.

“From the moment guests arrive at the gala they are immersed in a world of wearable art where any found object – from coffee pods, bicycle tyres, flowers, softdrink cans, feathers –are transformed into haute couture.”

Do not underestimate the power of wearable art – this event has attracted finalists from all over the world including Europe, South East-Asia and the United States who will showcase alongside the most talented local and national artists. The Australian Wearable Art Festival opens the world to the Sunshine Coast and our eyes to a planet of extraordinary skill and vision.

“It’s a chance, especially for emerging artists, to have their works shown and our audiences are able to revel in an unbridled level of creativity that occurs when experimental creative minds blend genres and mediums,” Wendy says.

Brisbane-based artist and last year’s Australian Wearable Art Festival Supreme Winner Isabelle Cameron will once again showcase her Ukranian heritage through the underestimated art of crochet with a mind-blowing new work named Stardust.

So, if you want to be sprinkled with that magical stardust and see something that might just make your jaw drop then secure your seat at the 2024 Australian Wearable Art Festival.

Australian Wearable Art Festival:

Venue 114 , 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina

Friday 9 August, 7pm Evening $125

Saturday 10 August, 12 noon Matinee $95

Saturday 10 August, 6.30pm Gala $145

VIP tickets available.

Pensioner and Student concessions available.



Australian Wearable Art and Hello Sunshine Magazine are giving away a VIP Double Pass to the Saturday’s Gala event with exclusive back stage access.

Step into a world of captivating creativity at the Australian Wearable Art Festival.
Over 40 finalists from national and international entries will parade along the 27-metre runway. This is an event not to be missed!

Australian Wearable Art Saturday Gala Saturday, 10 August 2024.
Total prize value $410.


About the Author /


Carlie Wacker has worked in the media entertainment industry for over 20 years. From television to stage and radio she has been lucky enough to work her way around the whole country. Over the last 10 years she has styled and choreographed innovative fashion parades and talent shows and brings her love for fashion and entertainment as our Fashion Editor and Editor for Hello Sunshine Magazine. She is also an MC, voice-over artist and radio announcer.

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