2016 Fashion Show

Bejeweled & Bedazzled
Accessories and Jewelry Show

6 p.m. at Best of Show Reception & Dinner
Doors open at 5:30, Friday, March 4

Please come back closer to Fair time to view the list of participants and preview some of the items likely to be in the show.

2015 Native Couture Fashion Show

Rolfs_LogoRolfs Salon is generously providing hairstyling and makeup for our models.

Canyon_Records_logoCanyon Records is generously providing the lighting and sound for the Fashion Show and for the Reception & Dinner.



The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market is most fortunate that eight Native fashion designers are participating in this year’s Couture Show. Last year was our first foray into fashion with a Walkabout during Best of Show evening. It was so well received by both the designers and our evening guests that it has been expanded into a run-way event to further enhance the Best of Show experience. Some of these designers plus additional clothing designers will join the Fashion Walkabout during the weekend. They may pop up at any time while you are strolling through the grounds.

Orlando Dugi (Navajo) Booth #H-52


Orlando Dugi’s Woman Warrior’s Cape pictured here won First Place for Division E – Non-Traditional Attire (woven or sewn) at the 2013 Heard Fair. You may recognize the location – the original Heard Museum courtyard.  DUGI first began with elaborately hand-beaded evening clutches and bags, then introduced a line of jewelry to the brand, and now includes evening gowns.  The brand DUGI is a fledgling special occasion and evening wear fashion house.  Every piece is handmade and is one-of-a-kind sample size, until it is ordered in a specific size. “It is in fact his approach to what he creates and why he creates it that makes it truly Native”,  Teri Greeves,  First American Art Magazine

Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/Scottish/ Cree First Nation) Booth #D-35


Sho Sho Esquiro Clothing combines the inspiration of traditional indigenous textiles and modern urban culture to create art in the medium of fashion. Traditional Native American beadwork, porcupine quills, and moose-hair tufting details are appliquéd.  Organic fabrics, recycled leather and fur hides, original paintings, feather, bone and other natural materials are also common elements used. This choice of materials honors the designers aboriginal teachings that everything from the earth is to be used with respect.


David Gaussoin (Picuris Pueblo,/Navajo/ French) Booth #K-7


David Gaussoin stems from a long line of artists on his mother’s side with various silversmiths, painters, rug weavers, sculptors, and wood workers. David’s primary teacher has been his mother, Connie Tsosie Gaussoin. She taught him the basics of jewelry and encouraged him to discover his own methods.  The family has expanded into couture fashion.


Dorothy Grant (Haida) Booth #K-15


Internationally renowned fashion designer and traditional Haida artist, Dorothy Grant’s strong connection to her culture and Haida identity has been the driving creative force and her foundation as a contemporary fashion designer for over 32 years.


Jamie Okuma (Luiseno/Shoshone-Bannock) Booth #H-11

Jamie Okuma

Jamie tells us that “I had been doing dolls, intensive bead work, and shows for 15 years and had reached my limit in those fields,” she said. “I needed a change and fashion was something I had planned on doing initially before I had such success with my beadwork, so the combination of beadwork familiarity along with a need to be an aspiring fashionista brought me to where I am today with what I call contemporary native fashion.”


J.T. Willie (Navajo) Booth #K-09


J.T. Willie has supported himself through college with his beadwork and continues to do so in his doctoral program in Political Science with a dissertation in Public Policy.  He says it is a way to express his many feelings and thoughts.  In the Kiowa tradition, his beadwork is always floral or similar to leaf designs.


Penny Singer (Navajo) Booth #I-14


Penny Singer describes were clothing as “wearable art” and says she is drawing with her needle with fabric as her canvas. Her inspiration is renewed each time she returns to the Navajo reservation.   She appliqués animal designs onto the fabric to tell stories.

Bethany Yellowtail (Crow/Northern Cheyenne) Booth #D-39


Bethany Yellowtail has contributed to major brands such as the BCBGMAXAZRIA GROUP, Kardashian Collections, as well as private labels sold in Macy’s, Nordstrom, and other fine retailers.  Currently, she works fulltime as an independent contractor; specializing in pattern making and design consultation.  Through her use of Authentic Native prints, Yellowtail is on a mission to restore tribal identity to global fashion, as well as showcase the diversity of contemporary Native America.