Our Indigenous community members are amazing! We were so blown away by the talent, design work and handcrafted artistry of our Native American designers who participated in our first Indigenous Community Fashion Showcase. We had a call for local creators, sewers, designers to enter and model one piece of clothing, or textile, or accessory in contemporary and traditional categories. Our judges at the event had a difficult time selecting our 1st and 2nd place winners because everyone did an outstanding job! If you didn’t get a chance to see their work during the show, check out their beautiful and innovative designs here:


1st Place: Deldryn Rainbird Ashley (Diné), a 6-year-old contestant, walking down the runway with his handmade bear “Shi Buddy.”


1st place: Elshadiah Haidan (O’odham), contestant 202, wearing her handmade red ribbon skirt with blue hummingbirds.

2nd place: Rolaina Morgan (Diné), contestant 203, wearing her handmade red ribbon skirt.



1st place: Vanessa Morgan (Diné), wearing her handmade multicolored ribbon skirt with a butterfly and black lace.

2nd place: AJ Nequatewa (Hopi/Diné), modeled by Leigha Gulliver, wearing a Sand/golden colored satin gown, two pieces (top & skirt), with cowry shell ties, vintage brass tacks, embroidered floral designs & beaded faceted glass bead accents.



1st Place: Kathleen Tom-Garcia (Diné). Her granddaughter is modeling one of her ribbon skirts. Kathleen started making skirts last year during the pandemic, after attending a Ribbon Skirt making class taught by Agnes Woodward of ReeCreations. This class was generously provided by the Phoenix Indian Center.

2nd Place: Clarenda Begay (Diné), Her piece is called “Journey Home” – It is an orange hand quilted jacket with a tsiyeel (Navajo hair bun) design traditionally woven into Shimasani’s (my grandmother) rugs & embellished with beads on a limited edition panel designed by Karen Erickson. This piece reminds us of the traumatic abuse and death perpetrated on our Indigenous children in US and Canadian boarding and residential schools.

THANK YOU to all the participants! We hope to make our fashion show an annual event, we hope to see more entries in 2023!

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