Native American design is an important force in contemporary fashion. Traditional Native American art forms have been subject of inspiration and, at times, plagiarism and cultural appropriation for mainstream fashion. However, Native designers themselves have also broken into the fashion industry, reincarnating traditional art forms to create of-the-moment and, at times, forward-looking fashion. Their work embodies one of the many ways in which fashion and dressing are acts of resistance. This selection celebrates the range and talent of contemporary Native American fashion designers.
About The Author
Laura specializes in the history of art and fashion in the early modern Spanish World. She is a doctoral candidate at the College of William and Mary and received her MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design. Her dissertation explores the adoption and adaptation of European fashions, their fusion with local Indigenous elements of dress, and their representation in portraits and pictures of types in the Viceroyalty of New Granada in the second half of the eighteenth century.