Great Fashion Show Photos From The "PRESENCE" IFAM Fashion Show.
Native models wearings designs by RVSO James Perry, OxDx and others strutted their stuff at the at the “PRESENCE” IFAM Fashion Show this summer in Santa Fe.
The “PRESENCE” Fashion Show at IFAM in Santa Fe was a collaboration between Beyond Buckskin Boutique and Native Jeweler’s Society and was presented outside at the Railyard Park in Santa Fe in August during the 2nd annual Indigenous Fine Art Market.
IFAM itself was working out sophomore issues, twists and surprises but the ladies (and men) wearing BBB – Street Wear and contemporary pieces by the Native Jewelers Society gave it their all. It was a sunny day, but a little windy outside in the Railyard Park. It’s easy to get lost out there all by yourself, but the models, designers and jewelers represented their creativity, personal styles and fashion sense in a very upbeat mood to a supportive, cheering audience.
SWAIA held their Haute Couture Fashion Shows in smaller intimate venues and top designers showed the high end side of Native Fashions to an appreciative and well-heeled clientele. IFAM, Beyond Buckskin Boutique and the Native Jewelers Society were aiming at other segments of Native Fashion aficionados and fashionistas, mainly street wear, both Urban and Rez looks, and of course, more affordable lines.
Jessica Metcalfe, owner of BBB: “Beyond Buckskin is headquartered in North Dakota – far from the expected fashion meccas of New York or Los Angeles. Being based in a rural community and close to the owner’s Native American reservation community was a priority in order to keep the mission of Beyond Buckskin at the core of day-to-day activities. A primary mission of Beyond Buckskin is to create a substantial movement of Native American representation in the fashion industry and to bring greater recognition to Native artists, cultures, and communities. Beyond Buckskin empowers artists and brings them together; when we work together we can accomplish more – by cost-sharing, event creation, and encouraging artistic synergy.”
A primary mission of Beyond Buckskin is to create a substantial movement of Native American representation in the fashion industry and to bring greater recognition to Native artists, cultures, and communities. Beyond Buckskin empowers artists and brings them together; when we work together we can accomplish more – by cost-sharing, event creation, and encouraging artistic synergy.”
Beyond Buckskin, owned by Dr. Jessica Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) and Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw), were both juried into Martha Stewart’s American Made Competition, along with Bethany Yellowtail (Crow) who was heavily trending at one point. Unfortunately, none of these businesses owned by native female artists made the final selection of 10 award winners, announced on October 23.
You can visit the IFAM/BBB/NJS websites to purchase items ahead of the holiday season and check out their Facebook pages for any updated and pop up shows around Indian Country. Remember to Buy Native American and support native-owned businesses.
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