Call for Entries for 2017 Wearable Art Show are now AVAILABLE

 2017 Port Townsend Wearable Art Application

Student Show October 8, 2016 Information & Application!

2016_student-show-poster2016 WAS Student Art Show Application! Applications due September 30, 2016

Ready for a fun adventure with your friends? Plan on going to the WOW show at EMP on November 1!


The Port Townsend Wearable Art Show is a story of collaboration and teamwork. The list of thank you’s is large, but we will start with Key City Public Theatre (KCPT) and Port Townsend Film Festival (PTFF)! Emcee/Director Denise Winter and her KCPT staff who expertly produced the show, and Janette Force and her PTFF crew brought the show to life with technical production.

Special thank you to KCPT photographers Phil Baumgartner, Gina Cox, Patricia Weedman and Eligius Wolodkewitsch, and Steve Mullensky, photographer for the Fund for Women and Girls; and PTFF camera and video crew Gary Engbrecht, Sonny Flores, Zoe Byrd, and Director Robert Force.

Applause for Port Townsend Wearable Art Show 2016 Artistic Director: Margie McDonald, Co-Coordinators: Marla Althouse & Debbi Steele, and Judge: Tony Gorzycki

What is Wearable Art?


“Hanami Kimono” artist: Brandon Truscott model: Sophie Pipia

A vest made of neckties, a dress made of wire, paint chips, collector jackets, repurposed wedding dresses…an outfit made of paper mache, another of leaves and moss. And you won’t believe the clothing created from one roll of caution tape! Gowns made from sail cloth scraps, VHS tape, beads, mussel shells…..and so much more!

These outfits have been featured at the Port Townsend Wearable Art Show, which started in 2011 as a fundraiser for Jefferson County Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls. Now a yearly show held on Mother’s Day weekend in May, The Port Townsend Wearable Art Show has become the hit of spring, with all previous shows completely sold out! Tickets for the 2017 will go on sale in December, 2016.

"Puzzled Petals" by Nonie Gaines, modeled by Sarah Holtman

“Puzzled Petals” by Nonie Gaines, modeled by Sarah Holtman

A wearable art show melds art and fashion, using the human form as a kinetic part of an artistic piece. Our local show is modeled on wildly popular wearable art shows in cities like Baton Rouge, Ketchikan, Halifax, and Wellington, New Zealand.

The works for this juried show range from functional to fantastic, and include creations fashioned from just about anything you can think of, from silk to leather, woven radio wire, vinyl records, copper, paint chips, vintage photo slides, and found objects like seashells, recycled water bottles and beach glass. You name it….and with our creative artists…..they will make it!

You have to see this to believe it—and when you do, you won’t be disappointed!” says event chair Debbi Steele. “Each year we think it can’t get any better, and it does!

It takes a village to put on our Port Townsend Wearable Art Show! We want to acknowledge and thank all of the volunteers who make the show a super fantastic production! We look forward to seeing you there!