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Cook Islands designs get the royal treatment

21 February 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Lisa Lahari-Williams -

A Karen Walker gown inspired by the tivaevae traditions of the Cook Islands has been a hit at a global fashion exchange at Buckingham Palace.

Tukua Turia with the Duchess of Cambridge. Photo/ Twitter.

The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange features creative and design partnerships with the 53 Commonwealth countries across Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Carribbean.

The Cook Islands, Fiji, Tuvalu, Samoa and Papua New Guinea joined Australia and New Zealand designs at the show.

The Tivaevae gown was a collaboration between tivaevae designer and embroidery expert Tukua Turia and her Creative Mamas with Walker's design team.

The Creative Mamas showing off their work. Photo/ Supplied.

It took 1000 hours, 12 different stitches and hundreds of metres of hand-stitched thread to complete the work, which Walker says is not for sale. 

The Karen Walker dress with a Cook Islands twist. Photo/ Supplied.

Tukua Turia with Karen Walker. Photo/ Supplied.

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