Saturday, July 3, 2010

Beautiful Native American Fashion

One of the groups of people I have a keen interest in are the Native Americans.  I've had an interest in them for a very long time.  I admire their traditional dress, and I love the freedom of life ( I call it that) they had before others came to their land.
There are many Native American fashion designers incorporating their people's designs into clothing creating beautiful garments.  I'll mention three today.

                                            by Dorothy Grant

 Dorothy Grant is a Haida from Ketchikan, Alaska who now lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.  She attended the Helen Lefeaux School of Fashion Design, graduating in 1988.  Dorothy opened a retail store in 1994 in the Sinclair Centre in Vancouver, B.C.  She includes Haida images of old legends of her people in her clothing.  Dorothy's works can be seen in museums.  Visit to see more of her couture designs.

                     by Patricia Michaels                         

                                          by Patricia Michaels

Patrician Michaels uses natural materials such as bamboo and silk hemp.  Patricia learned her craft from the Institute of American Indian Art and the Chicago Art Institute.  She lived in Venice, Italy for a while learning the art of contructing clothes from an Italian tailor.  View her collection at

                            by Virgil Ortiz                                 

                                              by Virgil Ortiz

Virgil Ortiz comes from a family of potters, and so that explains why his places pottery designs on some of his clothing.  Another familiar design seen on his clothing is the Pueblo cross symbol.  His company is called Indigene which also features bags and accessories.  Virgil's designs are sold in Scottsdale, Los Vegas, Miami and Los Angeles.  Go to to see more of Virgil's work.

Till next blog!

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