World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum

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Nelson , New Zealand
Street 1 Cadillac Way
+64 3 547 4573
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adult/child $22/8
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Lonely Planet review

Nelson exudes creativity: it’s hardly surprising that NZ’s most inspiring fashion show was born here. It began humbly in 1987 when creator Suzie Moncrieff held a local off-beat fashion show. The concept was to create a piece of art that could be worn and modelled. The idea caught on, and the World of WearableArt Awards Show became an annual event. Wood, papier mâché, paua shell, earplugs, soft-drink cans, ping-pong balls, foodstuffs and more have been used to create garments; ‘Bizarre Bra’ entries are showstoppers. The awards show has been transplanted to Wellington, but you can ogle entries at Nelson’s World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum . High-tech galleries include a carousel mimicking a catwalk, and glow-in-the-dark room. More car than bra? Under the same roof are 50 mint-condition classic cars and motorbikes. Exhibits change, but may include a 1959 pink Cadillac, a yellow 1950 Bullet Nose Studebaker convertible and a BMW bubble car. You can view another 70 vehicles in The Classic Collection next door ($8 extra). Cafe and art gallery on-site.