Native Designers for 2016!

“Native fashions have become common-place, in a good way. It’s no longer a special treat, maybe a once or twice a year thing. It’s now a Real Thing, a Big Thing, and a blossoming industry of many busy hands originating locally with tribal designs, lots of indin-genuity and landing on the international stage.” ICTMN

TOC Legends

TOC Fashion

TOC Fashion

“TOC Legends is the reality of He-mi-ka-las, Pamela Baker, a native artist/designer from North Vancouver, B.C. He-mi-ki-las’s expression of her culture, through visual arts have found it’s place in the vibrantly creative world of fashion designs and for which she has been recognized throughout North America.” Native online

B. Yellowtail

byellowtailMiss Apsaalooke wrap dress

byellowtailMiss Apsaalooke wrap dress

byellowtail embroidered:beaded crow rose micro suede dress

byellowtail embroidered:beaded crow rose micro suede dress

“Founded in December 2014 and based in Los Angeles, B.Yellowtail is a fashion line created by designer Bethany Yellowtail, who’s vision and brand values reflect her Apsaalooke (Crow) & Tsetsehestahese & So’taeo’o (Northern Cheyenne) Native American heritage. A celebration of ancestral tradition, beauty, and culture, B.YELLOWTAIL embraces authentic, indigenous design through wearable art.” 

Dorothy Grant (Haida)

Dorothy Grant dress

Dorothy Grant dress

Dorothy Grant jacket

Dorothy Grant jacket

“Grant has been an internationally renowned contemporary fashion designer for over thirty-two years. In 1988, Grant became the first designer to merge Haida art and fashion utilizing her formal training at the Helen Lefeaux School of Fashion Design. Grant believes that her clothing embodies the Haida philosophy Yaangudang meaning “self-respect. The driving force behind her clothing designs is “empowerment, pride and feeling good about oneself. Her website www.dorothygrant.com is extensive with several lines.”

Native Designer Cher Thomas

Cher Thomas design. website

Cher Thomas design. website

Cher Thomas design.

Cher Thomas design.

“Cher Thomas Designs is a fashion label started by designer Cher Thomas that creates traditional regalia for O’odham and Yuman natives and an annual contemporary collection. Cher Thomas’ designs have been featured in magazines and runways around the world… The Cher Shares program is an extension of Cher Thomas Designs, which enables the designer to share her profits and her personal experiences navigating the fashion industry with established non-profit and educational programs.” 

Jamie Okuma (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock)

Jamie Okuma's fabulous Blue Boots.

Jamie Okuma’s fabulous Blue Boots.

Christian Louboutin shoes decorated by Jamie Okuma

Christian Louboutin shoes decorated by Jamie Okuma

Okuma began bead working as a child creating her own dance regalia for powwows near her home, on the La Jolla Luiseño Reservation. Her fully beaded blue high heel boots have caused a media sensation.

“They embodied the dreams and memories of generations of women. Patterns and skills passed from mother to daughter extended a tangible record of tribal traditions, family honor and spiritual awakening…” ~Native American Cultural Arts~

Long ago beauty...NativeAmericanCulture

Long ago beauty…NativeAmericanCulture

 

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