Native Fashion – as seen in New Orleans, LA

Recently, I reviewed the publication Native Fashion Now for the Art Libraries Society of North America. Reading this exhibition catalogue got me thinking more about the influence and instances of Native American style in the modern art and fashion realms. On a recent trip to New Orleans, I documented some of these.

At the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans in Teen Art Exhibition: Voice of a New Era, I observed two interesting pieces, but am missing the caption for the blue one – sorry! Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Suit 2015 by Justin “Tugga” Cloud (beads, fabric, sequins, canvas, feathers, floss)

Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Suit 2015 Justin Cloud.

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Saw this beaded piece at The Bead Shop on Magazine Street.

At Carmo, a Brazilian cafe specializing in vegetarianizing yummy foods, I spotted these lovely earrings, seed bead glass in a Native (inspired?) pattern.

Native style seed bead earrings

This fine lady was happy to talk about native fashion and also reminded me to share two great resources.

Beyond Buckskin (Mission Statement): “Beyond Buckskin empowers Native American artists and designers, advancing the quality of Native American fashion through education while providing an in depth podium for societal participation. Inspired by relevant historical and contemporary Native American clothing design and art, Beyond Buckskin promotes cultural appreciation, social relationships, authenticity and creativity.”

Native Max Magazine (Mission Statement): “Native Max Magazine’s mission is to bring the best indigenous talent and most empowering and engaging content across a range of media platforms like publishing, digital, interactive events, consumer products and services to a broader range of audience, and to invite the world to read the magazine and discover the Native American and First Nations cultures and stories; ultimately changing the way Native Americans and First Nations people are portrayed in the world.”

To read more about the Peabody Essex Museum’s exhibit, see their blog. The exhibit will be traveling to serval states during 2016 and 2017. My review of Native Fashion Now will be published in June.


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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