SWAIA Indigenous Fashion Show 2023 Designers

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  • Dusty LeGrande of MOBILIZE

    Dusty LeGrande is founder of the Edmonton, Canada-based streetwear brand MOBILIZE that launched in 2018. Mobilize is an Indigenous street wear company intended to create awareness, education, empowerment and identity through clothing. The brand’s name and philosophy are grounded in storytelling through streetwear while bringing activism and identity empowerment to the runway.

     

  • Elias Jade Not Afraid

    Elias Jade Not Afraid is an award-winning Apsaalooké bead artist who incorporates high fashion and punk elements with Crow beadwork techniques. Not Afraid emphasizes the importance of using historic, geometric and floral designs in his work. The artist designs shoes, beaded earrings, ledger paintings, bracelets, bags and other accessories. His cradleboard, Life after Death, won first place for beadwork at the 2022 Heard Museum’s art market and was then purchased by the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art for its permanent collection.

  • Himikalas Pamela Baker

    Himikalas Pamela Baker is Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw, Tlingit and Haida from her mother’s side and Squamish by her father’s lineage. Professionally trained as a fashion designer, Baker focuses on designing a future that honors her ancestors. She does this by developing unique fashion collections and jewelry embedded with First Nation West Coast design elements. Copperknot Jewelry, co-founded by Baker, is a boutique featuring locally Vancouver-made jewelry. Himikalas’s goal has been to strengthen Native representation and to support Indigenous artists.

  • Orlando Dugi

    Orlando Dugi (pronounced dew-guy) is currently living and working in Santa Fe, NM but is originally from Grey Mountain, AZ, on the Navajo Nation. Beading since the age of six, Dugi’s designs are feminine, timeless and highly embellished with many hours of hand-sewing and hand-beading garments. He utilizes luxurious fabrics, textures, embellishments and extravagance, inspired by and handcrafted from traditions rooted in his Diné heritage. Orlando Dugi meticulously threads the past with the present.

  • Patricia Michaels

    Patricia Michaels creates haute couture and original designs, drawing inspiration from nature and her Native roots of Taos Pueblo. All custom-made work is fashioned under her label PM Waterlily in Santa Fe, New Mexico. High-end, limited-edition apparel and casual lines for both men and women are a part of the label. Michaels also creates uniforms and costume designs for operas. Most of her work is made with organic materials that are hand-dyed and painted by the designer, often using algae pigments. Each design she produces showcases nature’s influence combined with fluid textures, resulting in clothing with movement and individuality.

  • Qaulluq

    Inupiaq designer Uvaŋa Qaulluq’s (Clara McConnell) fashion line is grounded in the transferring of Iñupiat Iḷitqusiat knowledge and teachings. She first learned the arts of skin and fabric sewing from generations of women in her family. Her work is playful yet glamorous, combining luxurious materials with Inupiaq pattern designs and motifs such as Taqalakisaq (butterflies) as a nod to the land and transformation.

  • SWAIA Fashion Director/Producer: Amber-Dawn Bear Robe

    From Siksika Nation, Amber-Dawn Bear Robe is Assistant Faculty of Native Art History in the Museum Studies department at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and Fashion Show Program Director for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) in Santa Fe, NM. Her recent exhibitions are as contributing curator for Fashion Fictions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, May 27 to October 9, 2023 and Art of Indigenous Fashion at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, August 2022 to January 2023, as well as co-curator for the exhibition Future Imaginaries: Indigenous Art, Fashion, Technology, opening at The Autry in 2024.

SWAIA’S INAUGURAL INDIGENOUS FASHION WEEK IS COMING MAY OF 2023!

EMAIL FASHION@SWAIA.ORG TO APPLY AS A DESIGNER.

SWAIA is grateful for the exquisite designers, artists and models who put a tremendous amount of time, commitment, skills and talent into the SWAIA Fashion Shows. SWAIA is a not-for-profit Native arts organization that has been in place for over 100 years. The artists and talent are SWAIA . This year a gracious sponsor is funding the SWAIA models. For the first time, we are proud to pay the models who have been volunteering for the past 10 years. As SWAIA Fashion grows, our goal is to pay our models a top model fee, and to pay our designers. Creating a collection for the SWAIA runway is extremely costly and time-consuming. With generous future sponsors and supporters, we can make this happen!