Haute Couture Fashion Show Returns As a Highlight at the 95th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market

Orlando Dugi © Orlando Dugi

Orlando Dugi © Orlando Dugi

This year’s Haute Couture Fashion Show will be held in the outdoor courtyard at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center 

Published July 27, 2016

SANTA FE — On Saturday, August 20, the third annual Indian Market Native Haute Couture Fashion Show will take place at 1 p.m. in the outdoor courtyard at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.The show, curated and produced by Santa Fe-based art historian and curator Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Blackfoot/Siksika), showcases contemporary fashion designers:  Orlando Dugi (Navajo), Pamela Baker (Kwakwaka’wakw/Sqaumish), Jamie Okuma (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock), Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/Cree), Dorothy Grant (Haida) and Patricia Michaels (Taos Pubelo). Accessory designers Wayne Nez (Picuris Pueblo), David Gaussoin (Picuris Pueblo/Navajo) and Crystal Worl (Tlingit Athabascan) will also be showcased in this year’s runway show.

Patricia Michaels © Patricia Michaels

Patricia Michaels © Patricia Michaels

“For the past two years, the Haute Couture Fashion Show has been held at Cathedral Park and has been overwhelmingly attended,” said Dallin Maybee, chief operating officer of SWAIA. “This year’s Haute Couture Fashion Show’s new location, the Santa Fe Community Convention Center’s outdoor courtyard, will allow more people to attend.” Ticketed seats can be purchased for $10, while standing is free to the public.

The Haute Couture Fashion Show acts as an arts innovator by showcasing some of the most influential and popular Native designers today. This year’s designers include fashions by Jamie Okuma, the youngest artist to win Best in Show at the SWAIA Indian Market and the only artist to win first place three times; Dorothy Grant, an IAIA graduate and trailblazing designer known for her West Coast Nations inspired garments; Sho Sho Esquiro, who uses organic fabrics as well as recycled leathers, furs, and trims in vibrant colors to create a unique, fresh look with an urban-Native twist; Orlando Dugi, who creates life-like and cutting edge fashion featuring natural motifs, the human physique, and abstract designs; and Patricia Michaels, who has garnered international attention after she was a contestant and first-runner-up on Project Runway, Season 11, which aired in 2013 on Lifetime.

“The Haute Couture Fashion Show increases public awareness of original and authentic Native North American fashion with the long term goal of supporting and giving international recognition to Indigenous designers in the field of fashion,” says curator Amber-Dawn Bear Robe.

This year’s fashion show will open with live performances and music by DJ Celeste Worl (Tlingit Athabascan). To purchase limited seats in advance, please contact SWAIA at https://51334.blackbaudhosting.com/51334/Haute-Couture-Fashion-Show



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