Join us on a journey through the heart of Kings Park as celebrated Perth fashion designer, Karen Elizabeth Young, and esteemed Western Australian acrylic artist, Helen Ansell, unveil “Floralia”. This installation is an intimate blend of Young’s fashion prowess and Ansell’s unique artistic sytle, embodying the spirit of native Australia.
Reclaiming her space in the fashion world, Young has proven resilience and unmatched creativity. From winning accolades in the fashion industry to her groundbreaking 2022 “Dior Noire” collection, she continues to awe and inspire.
Living and working in Mullewa, WA’s wildflower haven, Ansell’s bond with nature is deep-rooted. With seven years of gracing Aspects of King’s Park with her art, her passion for the Australian bush in all its splendour remains unwavering.
Enhancing the gown’s allure is a splendid floral headpiece and waist corsage by Young. These pieces weave together faux stems from Australia’s green canopy, capturing the nation’s untamed elegance.
Marvel at the meticulous details of the gown handcrafted by Young and her gifted seamstress Jasmine Ng. Every hand-painted motif by Ansell paints a story, bringing to life the Wattle Bird, Honey Eater birds, and a medley of iconic Australian wildflowers. From the gentle sway of gum leaves to the fiery dance of scarlet banksias, the gown is more than a garment; it’s a canvas of our rich Australian landscape.
Floralia will be on display from 1st September – 1st October!
Witness the awe-inspiring Floralia gown, a testament to the evolving synergy between Australian art, fashion and nature on display at Aspects of Kings Park, for the Everlasting Kings Park Festival in September.
Festival Director, Luke Clynick