SWAIA Announces Centennial Fashion Designers

The 2022 fashion lineup spans two days, featuring two full fashion shows with the premiere premiering on Saturday August 20at the centennial gala: shiny drop. The last Aboriginal fashion show takes place on Sunday August 21, at the Santa Fe Convention Center. The Indigenous Trunk Show will immediately follow Sunday’s fashion show and will be limited to ticket holders. Guests will have the opportunity to shop and order directly from their favorite designers.

Amberdawn Bear Robewhich produces the fashion events, declares “The long-term goal is to turn the fashion lineup into a SWAIA Fashion Week. Last year we announced a partnership between SWAIA Fashion, Indigenous Fashion Arts (IFA), Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) and the new supernatural modeling agency. All partners will be back this year and we hope to announce an Indigenous Fashion Week in Santa Fe soon.”

Details are available on the new SWAIA fashion website at swaia.org/fashion. Tickets on sale soon!

The 2022 participating fashion designers are:

  • Jason Baerg (Métis cries)
  • Himikala / Pamela Baker (Kwaguilth/Sqaumish)
  • Catherine Blackburn (Dene) and Melanie LeBlanc (Europeans and Dene)
  • Orlando Dugi (Navajo)
  • Korina Emmerich (Puyallup and Nisqually)
  • Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/ Shout)
  • Lauren Good Day (Arikara, Hidatsa, Blackfoot, Plains Cree)
  • Dorothy Grant (Haida)
  • Lesley Hampton (Anishinaabe)
  • Ursula Hudson (Tlingit)
  • Patricia Michaux (Taos Pueblo)
  • Skawennati (Mohawk)
  • Jamie Okuma (Luiseño, Wailaki, Okinawan and Shoshone-Bannock)
  • Cody Sanderson (Navajo)
  • Yolanda Skelton (Gitxsan)
  • Adrian Standing Elk Pinnecoose (Navajo/Southern Ute)

Along with SWAIA’s centenary fashion programming, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is launching an exhibition titled Aboriginal Fashion Art, organized by Bear Robe. Opening Thursday August 18andthe show features many designers who participated in the SWAIA show.

About SWAIA Fashion:
SWAIA Fashion encompasses the annual fashion shows produced during and shortly after the Santa Fe Indian Market by curator and Native art historian Amberdawn Bear Robe. Since 2014, Bear Robe has been producing and directing SWAIA’s fashion programming.

Supernatural Modeling

SOURCE South West Association for Indian Arts

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