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Acclaimed "Native Fashion Now" Exhibition Arrives in New York

December 19, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York will be the final stop for the first large-scale traveling exhibition of contemporary Native American fashion. “Native Fashion Now” goes on view Feb. 17, 2017

Embellished blue boots
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Native Fashion Now

Woman in flowing gown posed against dramatic sky

Nate Francis/Unék Photography

Orlando Dugi (Diné [Navajo]), cape, dress, and headdress from "Desert Heat" collection, 2012. Silk, organza, feathers, beads, and 24k gold; feathers, beads, and silver; porcupine quills and feathers.

Model: Julia Foster. Hair and makeup: Dina DeVore. Photo by Nate Francis/Unék Photography.

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Portrait of designer Jared Yazzie

Thosh Collins

Jared Yazzie (Diné [Navajo]) for OxDx, Native Americans Discovered Columbus t-shirt, 2012. Cotton. Gift of Karen Kramer. Peabody Essex Museum, 2015.11.4.

Photo by Thosh Collins.

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Cape designed by Margaret Roach Wheeler

Greg Hall

Margaret Roach Wheeler (Chickasaw) for Mahota Handwovens, The Messenger (The Owl) cape and headpiece, from the Mahotan Collection, 2014. Silk-wool yarn; silk-wool yarn, metal, silver, glass beads, and peacock feathers.

Courtesy of the designer. Photo by Greg Hall.

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Embellished blue spike heel boots

Walter Silver

Jamie Okuma (Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock), boots, 2013–14. Glass beads on boots designed by Christian Louboutin. Museum commission with support from Katrina Carye, John Curuby, Karen Keane and Dan Elias, Cynthia Gardner, Merry Glosband, and Steve and Ellen Hoffman. Peabody Essex Museum, 2014.44.1AB.

Copyright 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Walter Silver.