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Bras for your coffee table?

Bras for your coffee table?

Bizarre Bras, the book, is a compilation of the World of WearableArt’s most innovative, outrageous and compelling entries, from those made out of taxidermied budgies and hedgehogs, to gas masks, spoons and old phones.

Running every second year since 1995, the Bizarre Bra category is one of WOW’s most popular, where designers are free to create bras from a range of materials and styles.

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Bras featured in this book showcase how designers have interpreted this often uncomfortable and sometimes controversial item of women’s everyday clothing.

The book, which is giving 20 percent of proceeds to The Breast Cancer Research Trust, is the perfect tease ahead of the annual WOW show, opening on 26 September.

This year, the internationally-recognised WOW competition will celebrate its 25th anniversary and has introduced a new Weta Workshop Film and Costume category, ‘The Crazy Curiosities of the Creature Carnival.’

Competition director Heather Palmer says "designers have really taken exploration and manipulation of materials to a new level this year, pushing the boundaries of what those materials can do."

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More than 220 garments designed to be worn on the human form, were put through the first round of judging last weekend. Of those, 158 have been selected to go on to compete for 39 prizes and $165,000 in the Award Show’s seven categories. They will take to the stage every night for two weeks, in two-hour performances at the TSB Bank Arena on Wellington’s waterfront. Show season opens on Thursday, September 26, and the winners are announced at the Awards Night on Friday, September 27.

*Bizarre Bras, $24.99, Craig Potton Publishing

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