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.

Jamie Okuma (Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock, b. 1977), Pair of boots, 2014. Leather, glass,49.53 x 23.114 x 8.89 cm.

Jamie Okuma (Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock, b. 1977), Pair of boots, 2014. Leather, glass,49.53 x 23.114 x 8.89 cm. Peabody Essex Museum, Museum commission with support from Katrina Carye, John Curuby, Karen Keane and Dan Elias, Cynthia Gardner, Merry Glosband, Steve and Ellen Hoffman, 2014. 2014.44.1AB © 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Walter Silver. pem.org