Indigenous Glamour: Fashioning North America Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Native Art

Indigenous Glamour: Fashioning North America, visual and material qualities. Underscoring the stories tailoring the work, the exhibition places the creative process at center stage. Organized by time periods and thematic groups, several of the designs also address current issues.

Indigenous designers have been creating clothing and personal adornments for millennia and can be considered the original haute couture artists of America. Historically, Native clothing is one-of-a-kind and custom-made. Constructed entirely by hand, bead by bead, stitch by stitch, quill by quill, Native couturiers have been designing spectacular regalia or ceremonial attire, honoring the animal who gave its life for the garment.

From tradition to runway, Native customs are continually shifting, responding to the land and modern environment: culture is a living entity, with the “tradition” of dress informing the next style. Over twenty contemporary Indigenous designers from Canada and the United States are brought together in this show. With exquisitely beautiful garments, sometimes created with profoundly unconventional methods, each designer leaves traces of who they are in each creation. Some fashions may challenge the viewer’s notion of “Indian style”, while some designers use fashion as a means for social activism. The show highlights the matriarchs of Native fashion while celebrating the Institute of American Indian Arts’ role in fostering Indigenous designers through educational discourse. Blurring the distinctions between art and fashion, the designers are carriers of their specific cultural knowledge that extends to their collections.

Indigenous Glamour: Fashioning North America, is the first fashion exhibition organized by the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and curated by guest curator Amber-Dawn Bear Robe, Assistant Professor in Art History, Museum Studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and Fashion Show Director for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM.

There will be a preview opening the evening of August 18th with details to be published soon.

Museum of Contemporary Native Art

108 Cathedral Pl,

Santa Fe, NM 87501

(505) 428-5912

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Aug 19 2022 - Jan 08 2023


Museum of Contemporary Native Art
108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 87501