Native Fashion Now

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From vibrant street clothing to exquisite haute couture, Native Fashion Now celebrates the visual range, creative expression, and political nuance of Native American fashion. Nearly 70 works spanning the last 50 years explore the vitality of Native fashion designers and artists from pioneering Native style-makers to maverick designers making their mark in today’s world of fashion.

Featuring contemporary garments, accessories, and footwear spanning a variety of genres and materials, this exhibition features designers who traverse cross-cultural boundaries between creative expression and cultural borrowing. From one of Patricia Michaels’ (Taos Pueblo) finale ensembles from the reality television series Project Runway to Jamie Okuma’s (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock) dramatically beaded Christian Louboutin boots, and innovative works made from Mylar, vinyl, and stainless steel, Native Fashion Now underscores Native concepts of dress and beauty, which are inextricably bound to identity and tradition in a rapidly changing world.

Native Fashion Now is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. The Coby Foundation Ltd. provided generous support. The New York presentation of this exhibition and related programming is made possible through the generous support of Ameriprise Financial and the members of the New York Board of Directors of the National Museum of the American Indian. Additional funding provided by Macy’s.

Native Fashion Now - dress from Desert Heat Collection

Orlando Dugi (Diné [Navajo]), cape, dress, and headdress from “Desert Heat” collection, 2012. Silk, organza, feathers, beads, and 24k gold; feathers, beads, and silver; porcupine quills and feathers. Model: Julia Foster. Hair and makeup: Dina DeVore. Photo by Nate Francis/Unék Photography.

Native Fashion Now - Postmodern Boa

David Gaussoin and Wayne Nez Gaussoin (Diné [Navajo]/ Picuris Pueblo), Postmodern Boa, 2009. Stainless steel, sterling silver, enamel paint, and feathers. Courtesy of David Gaussoin and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Model: Tazbah Gaussoin.

Native Fashion Now - Native Americans Discovered Columbus T-shirt

Jared Yazzie (Diné [Navajo]) for OxDx, Native Americans Discovered Columbus t-shirt, 2012. Cotton. Gift of Karen Kramer. Peabody Essex Museum, 2015.11.4. Photo by Thosh Collins.

Native Fashion Now - Glass beads on Christian Louboutin boots

Jamie Okuma (Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock), boots, 2013–14. Glass beads on boots designed by Christian Louboutin. Museum commission with support from Katrina Carye, John Curuby, Karen Keane and Dan Elias, Cynthia Gardner, Merry Glosband, and Steve and Ellen Hoffman. Peabody Essex Museum, 2014.44.1AB. Copyright 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Walter Silver.

Native Fashion Now - Wile Wile Wile Dress

Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/Cree), Wile Wile Wile dress, Day of the Dead Collection, 2013. Seal fur, beaver tail, carp, beads, silk, and rooster feathers; skull and tulle fascinator by Dominique Hanke for Sho Sho Esquiro. Photo by Thosh Collins.

Native Fashion Now - Old Time Floral Elk Tooth dress

Bethany Yellowtail (Apsáalooke [Crow] and Northern Cheyenne) for B Yellowtail, Old Time Floral Elk Tooth dress, Apsáalooke Collection, 2014. Lace, leather appliqué, and elk teeth. Peabody Essex Museum, 2015.22.1. Photo by Thosh Collins.

Native Fashion Now - Bracelets

Mike Bird-Romero (Ohkay Owingeh [San Juan] and Taos Pueblos), and Eddie Begay (Diné [Navajo]), bracelets, 2000–10. Sterling silver, spiny oyster, abalone shell, turquoise, jet, and onyx. Courtesy Catherine B. Wygant. Copyright 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Walter Silver.

Native Fashion Now - Dress, headpiece, and cape from Desert Heat collection

Orlando Dugi (Diné [Navajo]), dress, headpiece, and cape, Desert Heat Collection, 2012. Silk, organza, feathers, beads, and 24k gold; porcupine quills and feathers; feathers, beads, and silver. Copyright 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Model: Louisa Belian. Photo by Thosh Collins.

Native Fashion Now - Dress, headpiece, and cape from Desert Heat collection, closeup

Orlando Dugi (Diné [Navajo]), dress, headpiece, and cape, Desert Heat Collection, 2012. Silk, organza, feathers, beads, and 24k gold; porcupine quills and feathers; feathers, beads, and silver. Copyright 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Model: Louisa Belian. Photo by Thosh Collins.

Native Fashion Now - The Guardian-Bringer of Thunder, Lightning and Rain handbag

Orlando Dugi (Diné [Navajo]) and Troy Sice (Zuni), The Guardian—Bringer of Thunder, Lightning and Rain handbag, 2013. Elk antler, stingray leather, parrot feathers, bobcat fur, rubies, shell, glass beads, and sterling silver. Courtesy of the artist.

Native Fashion Now - The Messenger (The Owl) cape and headpiece

Margaret Roach Wheeler (Chickasaw) for Mahota Handwovens, The Messenger (The Owl) cape and headpiece, from the Mahotan Collection, 2014. Silk-wool yarn; silk-wool yarn, metal, silver, glass beads, and peacock feathers. Courtesy of the designer. Photo by Greg Hall.

Source:  http://www.nmai.si.edu

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