Exhibitions

Orlando Dugi (Diné [Navajo])

Cape and dress from "Desert Heat" Collection, 2012.

Paint, silk, organza, feathers, beads, and 24k gold; feathers;

Courtesy of the designer, Sante Fe. Hair and Makeup: Dina DeVore. Model: Mona Bear. Photo by Nate Francis.

Native Fashion Now

On view November 21, 2015 to March 6, 2016

Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

From vibrant street clothing to exquisite haute couture, this exhibition celebrates the visual range, creative expression and political nuance of Native American fashion. Nearly 100 works spanning the last 50 years explore the vitality of Native fashion designers and artists from pioneering Native style-makers to today's maverick designers making their mark in today's world of fashion. Also examined is how non-Native designers adopt and translate traditional Native American design motifs in their own work, including Isaac Mizrahi's now iconic Totem Pole Dress.

Featuring contemporary garments, accessories and footwear spanning a variety of genres and materials, these designers traverse cross-cultural boundaries between creative expressions and cultural borrowing. From one of Patricia Michaels' (Taos Pueblo) recent finale ensembles from the reality television series Project Runway to Jamie Okuma's (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock) dramatically beaded Christian Louboutin boots and innovative works made from mylar, vinyl and stainless steel, Native Fashion Now underscores Native concepts of dress and beauty, which are inextricably bound to identity and tradition in a rapidly changing world.

Coby

The Coby Foundation Ltd., Ellen and Steve Hoffman and Mimi and Jim Krebs generously supported Native Fashion Now. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation and the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum provided additional support.

Media Partner:
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Images

Orlando Dugi (Diné [Navajo])

Orlando Dugi (Diné [Navajo])

Cape and dress from "Desert Heat" Collection, 2012.

Paint, silk, organza, feathers, beads, and 24k gold; feathers;

Courtesy of the designer, Sante Fe. Hair and Makeup: Dina DeVore. Model: Mona Bear. Photo by Nate Francis.

Jamie Okuma (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock). Boots, 2013-14.

Jamie Okuma (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock). Boots, 2013-14.

Glass beads on boots designed by Christian Louboutin. Museum commission with support from Katrina Carye, John Coruby, Dan Elias and Karen Keane, Cynthia Gardner, Merry Glosband, and Steve and Ellen Hoffman. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Walter Silver.

Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/Cree). Wile Wile Wile dress, “Day of the Dead” Collection, 2013.

Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/Cree). Wile Wile Wile dress, “Day of the Dead” Collection, 2013.

Seal, beaver tail, carp, beads, silk, rayon, and rooster feathers; skill and tulle fascinator by Dominique Hanke (British) for Sho Sho Esquiro. Photography by Thosh Collins.

Jared Yazzie (Diné [Navajo]) for OxDx. Native Americans Discovered Columbus T-shirt, 2012.

Jared Yazzie (Diné [Navajo]) for OxDx. Native Americans Discovered Columbus T-shirt, 2012.

Cotton. Peabody Essex Museum. Gift of Karen Kramer, 2015. Photography by Thosh Collins.

Pat Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo). Tahitian Bondage necklace, 2008.

Pat Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo). Tahitian Bondage necklace, 2008.

315L stainless steel and natural Tahitian pearls. Courtesy Catherine Sullivan-Kropa and William Kropa. © 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Walter Silver.

Alano Edzerza (Tahltan). Chilkat tunic, 2013.

Alano Edzerza (Tahltan). Chilkat tunic, 2013.

Cotton. Peabody Essex Museum. Gift of Karen Kramer. Photography by Thosh Collins.

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