who will change the way
you see the world
200 Women is a book and exhibition inspired by a belief that you can’t empower women without listening to their stories. Our subsequent idea was to persuade two hundred women in different parts of the world - whether they be rich or poor, black or white, educated or uneducated, famous or unknown - to sit or stand in front of a plain sheet of fabric and to be photographed and filmed while answering five fundamental questions.
Our goal was not to make a book about just successful and powerful women; those stories are important, but we wanted diversity, and above all, authenticity. Two hundred 'real women', with 'real stories'.
Karen Walker CNZM was born in Auckland, New Zealand. She launched her eponymous fashion label in the late 1980s and showed at New York Fashion Week for twenty consecutive seasons from 2006 to 2016. Today her work is sold worldwide. Walker is committed to responsible, ethical sourcing, and her company partners with the African production company Artisan.Fashion to produce accessories of social significance. In 2004, she became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and, in 2014, she was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to fashion design.