SWAIA artists present innovative couture collections at this year’s contemporary fashion show
Published August 1, 2015
SANTA FE—On Saturday, August 22nd the second annual Indian Market Native Haute Couture Fashion Show will be held at 1 p.m. in Cathedral Park downtown Santa Fe. The show, curated and produced by Santa Fe-based art historian and curator Amber-Dawn Bear Robe, showcases contemporary designers: Jamie Okuma, Sho Sho Esquiro, Bethany Yellowtail and Dorothy Grant.
“Last year was the inaugural year of the Contemporary Fashion Show,” says Bear Robe. “It was really Chief Operating Officer, Dallin Maybee’s vision. Dallin invited me to participate because he wanted to include contemporary Native fashion at Indian Market, push the boundaries, and give designer’s license to explore their creativity.”
Jamie Okuma (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock) has been making clothes since she was a child and holds the honor of being the youngest SWAIA artist ever awarded ‘Best of Show’. Okuma is creating a wearable installation piece that presents a traditional plateau-inspired dress beside its contemporary counterpart for this year’s runway.
Innovative fashion designer Dorothy Grant (Haida) who has produced pop-up fashion shows at Indian Market for years will participate in this year’s fashion show. Grant is internationally renowned and has over thirty years of experience in the fashion world.
Fashion Designer Bethany Yellowtail (Crow/Northern Cheyenne) will exhibit looks from her “Mighty Few” collection that honors “the supreme feminine.”
Finally, designer Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/Cree), a ‘Best of Show’ winner at Indian Market’s 2013 Native American Clothing Contest, will round out the lineup.
“The Contemporary Fashion Show is really a show of art, design and fashion,” says producer Amber-Dawn Bear Robe. “This year’s Haute Couture fashion show seeks to give the designers the international recognition they deserve through the platform of SWAIA and Santa Fe Indian Market. “
DJ Celeste Worl (Tlingit) will mix the live soundtrack at Saturday’s outdoor fashion show.