“Red Lightning Couture” held its' 3rd annual “Honoring the Fight - Pink & Silver Party - Fashion Show” benefiting Native American women survivors of breast cancer plus those fighting diabetes. It was held last Saturday Oct. 19, 2013 from 3 to 11 p.m. in the “4Bears Casino & Lodge” at Newton, N.D. There was a $5 dollar donation at the door plus you could buy & sponsor a table to honor loved ones. A 5K walk was also sponsored by the diabetes program held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday Oct. 18.
Native American actor & elder Saginaw Grant was a special guest who said, “I was happy to be able to meet with our young people in North Dakota.” Other guests scheduled to appear were, Johnny Depp's body-double Ronnie Rodriguez, Andrew Orozco who appeared in “The Lone Ranger 2013”, Marisa Quinn who appeared on the TV show “Castle” (ABC) plus Tinsel Korey who starred in “Twilight: New Moon.”
Scheduled Performers were, Angela Lazon (singer), Pamela Fernandez (singer & model), Quese iMC (hip hop artist) & Cempoalli 20 (reggae singer). Sound & lights were by “Kro Magnum” plus all photography was by “Thunder Revolution Studio.”
According to the official website of “Red Lightning Couture.” Darlene Perkins - “is the owner, operator and Quill artist based out of Parshall, North Dakota. (It) is located on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation - home of the three affiliated tribes, 'Mandan', 'Hidatsa' & 'Arikara' nation(s).”
“Darlene's father was a proud descendant of Arikara and Hidatsa ancestry and her mother was an Oglala/Lakota from Kyle, South Dakota - which is on the Pine Ridge Reservation - home of the Oglala Lakota Nation.”
“Darlene has created a unique blend of fashion which is steeped in a rich culture and Native American history. This is accomplished by harvesting the individual quills from a porcupine. All of the quills are collectively cleaned and dyed then flattened and attached to her custom hand made clothing and outer wear.”
“Darlene's work is inspired by the rich history of Native American visionaries, elders, historic leaders, inter-tribal celebrations, artists and modern fashion. Red Lighting Couture, specializes in but is not limited to quill work applique'. Red Lightning Couture specializes in fashionable clothing and wearable art.”