Embellishments were large and cumbersome—so much so that the dresses seemed to clink and clunk as the models walked the runway.
clunk, klungk, n. the sound of a liquid coming out of a bottle when the cork has been quickly drawn.
And immediately afterward the clungk, clunk—clungk, clunk of mighty hoofs coming down the passage toward us.
And suddenly the clungk, clunk—clungk, clunk recommenced and passed onward down the passage.
1796, "to make the sound of a cork being pulled from a bottle;" imitative. This was the main sense through most of 19c. Meaning "to hit, strike" is attested from 1940s. Related: Clunked; clunking.
[probably all based on clunk, ''make a dull sound,'' found by 1796]