Fashion is often thought of as a ‘Western’ and ‘modern’ phenomenon. However, Indigenous scholars of fashion have long insisted that Indigenous people and their ancestors have the right to fashion and have been fashionable throughout history. This reading list brings together a number of perspectives on Indigenous fashion, both historical and contemporary. It also highlights the work of Indigenous designers and fashion scholars that have been ‘Indigenizing’ fashion in various ways, by practicing it in their own, varied terms.

Tahu, Leader of the Blind Archers, 2013. Black and white photo of an indigenous person standing in the woods wrapped in a blanket and blindfolded

Photo by Virgil Ortiz. Tahu, Leader of the Blind Archers, 2013.