SWAIA Native Fashion Week Announces Featured Designers

SWAIA Native Fashion Week (SNFW) in Santa Fe, the first-ever American-produced Indigenous Fashion Week, has announced this year’s 14 participating designers. This event works to empower Indigenous designers and creators to narrate their stories through the medium of fashion arts. Audiences will learn about the world of Indigenous fashion and how these designers made a name for themselves. The event culminates in a fashion show. 

The week starts off with a media launch event at the New Mexico Governor’s Mansion on Thursday, May 2. The following day at the Santa Fe Convention Center, a fashion mini symposium with panel discussions addresses topics such as, “Why Native American Fashion Matters?” and a “Designer Focused Fashion Hub.” The event finishes on Saturday and Sunday, which are dedicated to the mainstage fashion show featuring looks from each designer and their brand. 

Tickets go on sale online in March. Watch SWAIA and SWAIA Native Fashion for complete event details and ticket information.

14 Native American and Indigenous Canadian designers plan to participate, including: 

Ayimach Lodge By: Angela DeMontigny, Rachelle Whitewind, Jason Baerg

A woman walks the runway in a shiny silver dress with teal embellishments and earrings.

Photo courtesy of @ayimach_horizons on Instagram. Designer: @jasonbaerg of @ayimach_horizons, Earrings: @ayimach_horizons, Hair: @cassandra_topartist, MUA: @makeupbysj_jessica, Photos: @fashionarttoronto, @conillleung, @prevalentfocus, @djay1307, Videography: @fashionarttoronto, @so_mani_media, Director: @_vanjavasic_, Producer @liammicha, Assistant Producer: @shirakarney, Assistant Director: @lillicetasia, Creative Makeup Director: @jezlooks, Creative Hair Director: @dylandoesmyhair, Venue: @blackcreekassembly, Hair Sponsor: @matrix, Skincare Sponsor: @farmacybeauty, Lash sponsor: @lashgodraq, Key MUA: @paolaortizco, Key Hair: @dylandoesmyhair

Carrie Wood

A woman stands facing the camera in a letterman type jacket while a man stands beside her, facing away from the camera in another lettermen jacket.

Photo of courtesy of Carrie Wood

Dehmin Cleland

A woman's side profile is turned towards the camera with her hair in braids, strawberry bead earrings, and a beaded collar as well.

Photo courtesy of indigenousfashionarts.com on Dehmin Cleland’s Profile

Himikalas Pamela Baker of T.O.C Legends

A woman walks the runway in a red patterned bottoms and matching top with her hair in a bun as she strikes a pose.

Photo of a Himaklas Pamela Barker look courtesy of @himikalas on Instagram

House of Sutai by Peshawn Bread

A woman stands in front of a pink background with a red dress draped around her body and a pearl necklace around her neck.

Photo courtesy of @houseofsutai on Instagram, taken by Tyra Maney for Museum of the Cherokee People

Justin Jacob Louis

A letterman jacket in a navy blue with a big red "S" on the chest and 3 and 5 on the sleeves.

Photo courtesy of sectionthirtyfive.com of a Golden Bear Sportswear Red Mox Letterman Jacket

Lesley Hampton

Photo of A Lineage of Badass Matriarchs Jacket courtesy of lesleyhampton.com 

Loren Aragon of Towering Stone

A man sits on a small brick stoop dressed in all black with a bolo tie and his arms resting on his knees.

Photo courtesy of aconav.com

Maria Hupfield

A woman in all black clothing and no shoes stands against a white wall and floor with a sliver decoration around her neck and a tambourine in hand.

Photo courtesy of @mariehupfield on Instagram, taken by Darren Rigo

Orlando Dugi

Two men stand in open jackets outside in front of a hedge bush with the blue sky above.

Photo courtesy of @orlandodugi on Instagram, Models: @dean.michael_ & @tyy_fierce, MUA: @aprilkateri, Photographer: @darklistedphotography, Lighting: @benignfiltr

Patricia Michaels

A woman in a brown jacket with front floral embellishments stands in front of a brightly lit window.

Photo courtesy of patricia-michaels.com taken by Robert I Mesa


A woman models in front of a brown background wearing a long skirt with a slit and a shirt that says "phenomenally indigenous"

Photo courtesy of qaulluq.com

Randy Leigh Barton

A man stands in front of a black and white background in bright orange pants, a navy blazer, red dress shirt, and tie.

Photo courtesy of americandakota.com

Victoria’s Arctic Fashion

A woman in a light beige and black winter coat stands outside in the snow with the sherpa hood pulled up over her head.

Photo courtesy of vafashion.ca from the The Nanuraq Collection – Winter 2022

Tickets for the fashion week go on sale in March so keep your eye open for when you can grab a pair.

Story by Kylie Thomas

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