Meet the Native American Fashion Designers we are supporting.
During New York Fashion Week
SHAY TAPAHA , NAVAJO DESIGNER
Kerosene Apparel by Shay Tapaha Clothing to fuel the modern day indigenous individual and those who have an appreciation for indigenous traditions. Kerosene Apparel personifies indigenous culture through the esthetics of modern day fashion to enhance their self identity and ignites one’s self confidence.
CYNTHIA TRUJILLO, NAVAJO DESIGNER
Cynthia Trujillo. A Navajo fashion designer from Fruitland, New Mexico. At age 7, her mother taught her how to cut and sew Barbie doll clothes. And since she didn’t have a sewing machine, She learned how to sew by hand. She believes this skill has carried her a long way in the fashion world, working in alterations in a high-end clothing store and in bridal wear. Today she gives credit to her mother and to her native heritage as a Navajo designer. She loves how strong, resilient & beautiful our native women are. They are are a matriarchical people. Life revolves around our women. She likes to think that the clothes She makes reflect the beauty that’s before us, the beauty above us, the beauty below us, and beauty all around us. We walk in beauty. Just like her mother. She is beautiful.
The Custome Collection Society.
Norma Baker – Flying Horse
Norma Baker-Flying Horse, an enrolled member of the MHA Nation. A member of the Hidatsa, Dakota Sioux and Assiniboine Tribes, Norma is the owner of the Native American Fashion line, Red Berry Woman. Norma’s work has been seen throughout Indian Country being worn by Tribal members who represent their Native nation from politics to pageants to the film industries. Norma’s work has been featured on international runways such as Vancouver Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. She also had a gown worn on the 2018 Oscar stage by activist, Alice Brownotter during the Andra Day and Common performance. This event earned Norma the title of First Contemporary Native American Fashion Designer to have a gown won on the Oscar televised event. She also had a gown worn by PowWows.comreporter, Corinne Ostreich on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammys. She was the only Native American designer showcasing her fashion line for the opening week of the 2019 Paris Fashion Week for the Fashion Week-Studio. Norma resides with her family on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation of North Dakota.