Video: First close up look at World of Wearable Arts 2017 exhibition

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The public will have the chance to judge wearable art works for themselves when an exhibition opens in Nelson on Friday.

1 NEWS got a sneak preview into the exhibition before its public opening on Friday.
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The international design competition, World of Wearable Art, broke its box office record this year, with 60,000 people attending the stage show in Wellington.

Now, 50 garments by 60 designers from 11 countries are being displayed at the National WOW Museum in Nelson, with last minute adjustments being made to mannequins this week.

WOW chief executive Giselle Carr says the task of changing the exhibition at the Museum is as "equally massive" as pulling off the Wellington show.

"We just had a staff meeting and I said to them, that 'it's our second production week of the year'".

Competition Director Heather Palmer points to the piece Unravelled as an example of the lengths designers go to for their artwork.

"It's made from 1000 metres of ribbon, which has been manipulated and soaked in glue. The time that the designer has put into this is just extraordinary," she said. 

The new exhibition opens to the public this Friday, December 8.

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