The Jakarta Post
Golden armor: Designer Rinaldy A. Yunardi said 'The Lady Warrior' was inspired by the inner strength of women. (Maverick/-)
Celebrated Indonesian accessories designer Rinaldy A. Yunardi claimed three awards at the 2019 World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards in Wellington, New Zealand, for his fierce creation titled The Lady Warrior.
Rinaldy – whose accessories have been worn by the likes of Madonna and Beyoncé – took home the Supreme WOW Award, the Avant-Garde Section Award and the International Design Award: Asia.
As the winner of the Supreme WOW Award, Rinaldy received a prize of NZ$30,000 (US$18,789).
The design competition, running from Sept. 26 to Oct. 13, sees a total of 115 designers from 22 countries competing to win 34 awards, with a total prize pool of NZ$180,000.
Rinaldy said The Lady Warrior was inspired by the inner strength of women.
“I used several materials to represent different elements in The Lady Warrior. I used recycled paper fashioned into a rope, which was woven tightly.
“This symbolizes humanity and inner strength built from the female experience – they are born vulnerable but their life experiences made them strong,” Rinaldy said in a statement.
The judges described Rinaldy’s work as “an amazing metamorphosis” from a fragile organic material into something beautiful.
“By creating a perfect balance and form through immaculate craftsmanship, The Lady Warrior depicts a harmony between captivating fragility and subtle strength,” WOW founder and award judge Dame Suzie Moncrieff said.
“The judges particularly liked the use of traditional weaving techniques to create a very contemporary material.”
Along with Moncrieff, the judging panel was joined by Auckland-based designer James Dobson from the Jimmy D label, and renowned multimedia sculptor Gregor Kregar.
Several awards were judged by Weta Workshop CEO and creative director Sir Richard Taylor, The Residency Experience cofounder and fashion activist B. Akerlund, as well as Cirque du Soleil creative intelligence and conceptrice team leader Melissa Thompson.
The occasion marks the second time Rinaldy has achieved success at the competition, with his 2017 entries Encapsulate and Cosmos taking home the Open Section and Avant-Garde Section awards respectively, along with the Supreme WOW Award for Encapsulate.
The 2019 WOW Awards are expected to welcome 60,000 visitors throughout the three-week exhibition.
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