During the Heard Indian Market week in Phoenix something new was happening. A contemporary Native fashion show hosted by Beyond Buckskin Boutique and women of the Presence 4.0 debuted to a young and edgy crowd at Ra Industries.
150 people packed into the venue for some surprising art and fashion. Although I was not able to attend, I wanted to share some of the fashions with you so you can get a sense of where Native fashion is going. Between Patricia Michaels, Project Runway designer, and the work of these fashion-savvy young women, Native design is literally rocking the fashion scene.
Models for the show were volunteers comprised of members of the Native Greek organizations Alpha Pi Omega and Phi Sigma Nu, along with some local well-known artists.
On the runway, the show brought to you street fashion clothing and surprising jewelry as well as some couture items from the Beyond Buckskin Boutique, founded by Dr. Jessica Metcalfe. The women of Presence 4.0 gave welcomes in English and in Navajo.
We hope the show will become an annual event.