Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Announces Centennial Fashion Designers

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The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), the non-profit organization that produces Santa Fe’s annual Indian Market, announces the designers of the SWAIA Centennial Aboriginal Fashion Show.

The 2022 fashion lineup spans two days, featuring two full fashion shows premiering on Saturday, August 20 at the Centennial Gala Evening: Shiny Drop. The final Native Fashion Show will take 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.

Amber-Dawn Bear Robe, who produces the Fashion Events, says: “The long-term goal is to turn the fashion programming into a SWAIA Fashion Week. Last year we announced a partnership between SWAIA Fashion, Indigenous fashion arts (IF A), Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) and the new Supernaturals modeling agency. All partners will be back this year and we hope to announce a Santa Fe Indigenous Fashion Week 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 (Cree Métis)
  • Himikalas / Pamela Baker (Kwaguilth / Sqaumish)
  • Catherine Blackburn (Dene) and Melanie LeBlanc (European and Dene)
  • Orlando Dugi (Navajo)
  • Korina Emmerich (Puyallup and Nisqually)
  • Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/Cree)
  • Lauren GoodDay (Arikara, Hidatssa, Blackfoot, Plains Cree)
  • Dorothy Grant (Haida)
  • Lesley Hampton (Anishinaabe)
  • Ursula Hudson (Tlingit)
  • Patricia Michaels (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 centennial fashion programming, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is launching an exhibition titled Art of Indigenous Fashion, curated by Bear Robe. Launched on Thursday, August 18, the show features many of the designers who participated in the SWAIA show.

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