Native Designers of High Fashion: Expressing Identity, Creativity, and Tradition in Contemporary Clothing Design

Jessica R. Metcalfe, Postdoctoral Diversity Fellow, Office for Equity and Inclusion, Department of Anthropology and Native Studies, University of New Mexico

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 12:00–1:00 pm

Native American traditional art forms have been reincarnated by contemporary Native designers and placed on human bodies in the form of haute couture. This presentation traces the history of Native fashion, from Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee) through Wendy Ponca (Osage) and Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti). Also explored are concepts of beauty and the issue of cultural misappropriation.