Karen Walker x Kūki ‘Airani Creative Māmās tivaevae gown, 2018

This gown is a collaboration between Karen Walker and the Cook Island group Kūki ‘Airani Creative Māmās, led by Aitutaki-born Tukua Turia. The tivaevae flowers depict traditional flora of the Cook Islands, including gardenia, jasmine, orchid, hibiscus, fruit salad plant, red ginger, frangipani and the Cook Islands national flower – Tiare Māori. The iconic Karen Walker daisy motif, which features across the designer’s range of clothes, accessories and homewares, also appears on the garment.

More information about this collaboration, and the resulting gown can be found here.


Model Anmari Botha
Credit: Images courtesy of Karen Walker
Designer: Karen Walker and the Kūki ‘Airani Creative Māmās
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Evening gown
Material: Italian wool flannel
Features: There are 12 styles of stitch in the embroidery on this dress - chain stitch, satin stitch, feather stitch, double-chain stitch, ladder stitch, buttonhole stitch, blanket stitch, vertical herringbone stitch, running stitch, cable-chain stitch, double-feather stitch and raised-chain stitch.
Colour: Pink
Date: 2018