Courtesy C. Whitney-Ward,
A model showcasing Patricia Michaels' handiwork in the streets of Santa Fe

Video: 'Project Runway' Star Patricia Michaels and the Parasols on the Plaza


Tonight, designer Patricia Michaels of Taos Pueblo will face off against the other two finalists in part two of the season finale of Project Runway. It's a moment that has many fashion fans and Native style aficionados on the edge of their seats.

Although Michaels may have seemed the exotic outsider in this Project Runway class, those familiar with her work knew she'd be a force to be reckoned with, and can hardly be surprised she's made it this far. In fact, on one notable occasion, many people who don't follow fashion got a glimpse of her talent and were bowled over. It happened at Santa Fe Indian Market, 2011: Michaels paraded a group of models through the streets wearing her fashions and toting parasols. Many who witnessed the display considered it the highlight of the week.

As Cynthia Whitney-Ward reported the "Parasols on the Plaza" happening on her blog Chasing Santa Fe, "who would expect white-wigged maidens holding playful parasols -- dressed in glorious designer frocks -- to sashay out of La Fonda on the Plaza and wend their way through Indian Market? Well, Native American designer PATRICIA MICHAELS of Taos Pueblo, loves to delight and surprise ... The Indian Market crowd was enchanted."

Here's a video of the moment, as well as a few sample photos from Chasing Santa Fe.

Parasols on the Plaza

Parasols on the Plaza

Patricia Michaels and daughter

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bugs's picture
Submitted by bugs on
Thank you for having a vision and seeing it thru. Enjoyed this season and getting to know you for your exotic designs and your passion for your art...

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Awesome work Patricia. You have taken ceremony clothing to the next level. A big Aho and Chii Migwetch!

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Submitted by Christine Kieffer on
LOVE your video and more importantly love your vision and your clothing designs. May I ask, where can one purchase your creations? Good luck on Project are my fav!

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Submitted by laine on
patricia, i hope you see and read this. your story and methods really inspired me and captured my attention. not to mention your tender heart and wonder positive spirit. you are the total package. i think you were the best designer on the project runway teams, so sorry nina garcia destroyed your chances. she was against you from the beginning. i guess her teen readers in marie claire would never understand your taste level and second have the money to afford wearable art. replicators are what she wants, shes so close minded and i have to admit i lost some respect for her on this season. your designs are leagues above the finalist. i am sure you will succeed far and above the others... just stick to you aesthetic and do not change, your an innovators. the rest are one notes or worst copycats passing their work off as new trend. we laugh.

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Patricia...congratulations on your designs and your endeavor . Lone Eagle and Margie