Mixed Media Native Haute Couture Fashion Show
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