Tivaevae gown

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.


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