Native Fashion Now: Opening Conversation

June 4, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 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.
Deana Dartt, Ph.D., Curator of Native American Art, Portland Art Museum

Karen Kramer, Curator, Native American and Oceanic Art and Culture, Peabody Essex Museum

Dorothy Grant, Designer

Patricia Michaels, Designer

Wendy Ponca, Designer

Native Fashion Now is the first major exhibition to explore the incredible diversity and striking renaissance of contemporary fashion by Native designers. Hear from designers who are breaking creative boundaries and leading the way to disrupt preconceived notions of Native American style.

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.