Native Fashion Now: Critical Conversations (Part 2)

September 1, 2016 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Orlando Dugi – Desert Heat
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. Hair and Makeup: Dina DeVore. Model: Julia Foster. Photo by Nate Francis/Unék Photography.

Native Fashion & Appropriation

A two-part series moderated by Deana Dartt, Ph.D, Curator of Native American Art; in conversation with:

Part I

August 25, 6:30 p.m.
Eden Dawn, Fashion Editor, Portland Monthly
Sam McCracken, General Manager, Nike N7 Fund
Erik Brodt (Ojibwe) and Amanda Bruegl (Oneida Nation & Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican), Founders, Ginew

Part II

September 1, 6:30 p.m.
Louie Gong, Founder and Sarah Agaton Howes, Designer, Eighth Generation

Admission for the September 1 talk is free as part of First Free Thursday. Advance ticket reservations still highly recommended.

Native Fashion Now highlights the incredible work of individual contemporary Native designers across North America while touching on the complexities of how Native American designs have been appropriated by mainstream culture over time. The Northwest has a rich history of independent and Native-owned companies like Eighth Generation, as well as larger companies such as Nike and its N7 Fund that are deeply engaged with these issues. This conversation series will bring together different regional design voices to offer personal reflections on what terms like “Native-inspired” mean within the Northwest and larger fashion world.

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