Mixed Me­dia Na­tive Haute Cou­ture Fash­ion Show

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Silk gowns de­signed by Or­lando Dugi (Navajo) are eas­ily rec­og­nized for their in­tri­cately del­i­cate bead­work and trim and for the way they fall flu­idly to the ground while skim­ming the body in the most flat­ter­ing ways. Dresses by Pa­tri­cia Michaels (Taos Pue­blo) are sportier but still ex­cru­ci­at­ingly high-fash­ion, in­fused with the re­laxed sen­si­bil­ity of Taos, a com­bi­na­tion that got her to the fi­nale of sea­son 11 of Project Run­way. Dugi and Michaels are among the de­sign­ers fea­tured in the third an­nual In­dian Mar­ket Na­tive Haute Cou­ture Fash­ion Show, tak­ing place at 1 p.m. on Satur­day, Aug. 20, at the out­door court­yard of the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (201 W. Marcy St.). Cu­rated and pro­duced by Am­ber-Dawn Bear Robe (Black­foot/Sik­sika), the fash­ion show also in­cludes lines by Pamela Baker (Kwak­waka’wakw/Squamish), Jamie Okuma (Luiseño/Shoshone-Ban­nock) — the youngest artist to ever win Best of Show at SWAIA — Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/Cree), and Dorothy Grant (Haida).

Sev­eral ac­ces­sory de­sign­ers will also be present, in­clud­ing Wayne Nez of Pi­curis Pue­blo. Many of the de­sign­ers take in­spi­ra­tion from their Na­tive cul­tures, but how they work that into their cre­ations varies greatly from artist to artist, and the fash­ions on dis­play range from red car­pet to edgy and ur­ban. For more in­for­ma­tion, see www.swaia.org; stand­ing-room ad­mis­sion is free. — Jen­nifer Levin

De­signs by Pa­tri­cia Michaels and, top, Sho Sho Esquiro; pho­tos Larry Price Haute Cou­ture

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