Karen Walker string of pearls floral silk dress, 2000

This bias cut silk dress from Karen Walker's Spring/Summer 2000 collection entitled Etiquette which was presented at Australian Fashion Week. It sports the signature motif of a trompe l'oeil style screen print of a broken pearl necklace, which featured heavily in this collection on a variety of dress styles as well as t shirts. 


The broken string of pearls print was created by Katie Lockhart and Mikhail Gherman, Karen Walker’s creative director. Here, this necklace print is juxtaposed with a vintage inspired floral reminiscent of an earlier time period, further alluding to the broader theme of the collection, which questions notions of propriety and the symbols associated with what it means to be demure and feminine. 


Another dress from this collection, which also features this print resides in Te Papa's collection, and can be viewed here.


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Melanie Roger.
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Karen Walker
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Silk dress
Material: 100% silk with slight slub texture and floral print
Features: Pearl necklace motif overprinted on floral background, bias cut sheath style, layered sleeve design, boat neck whicih may have been altered from original design
Colour: Yellow, brown, grey, black
Purchase location: Auckland
Last published: November 2023
Label: Karen Walker
Date: 2000