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Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation

article MHA Nation woman featured in Vogue Magazine (6/28/2020)
(North Dakota) -- When Lauren Good Day created her latest clothing line titled "Matriarch," she said it was all for her daughter. She sewed prayers and good...
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COVID-19

article The Indigenous Fashion Designer Using Face Masks to Fight Injustice (4/22/2020)
(New York) -- Korina Emmerich has been crafting face masks that pay homage to her Indigenous heritage for years, but now that the CDC has urged the general population to...
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Cultural Appropriation

article How sportswear fashion is indebted to Indigenous and African American cultures (2/26/2020)
(Worldwide) -- While reading this, you may be comfortably dressed in a pair of jeans and a T-shirt. Perhaps you prefer sweatpants, hoodies and your favourite sneakers....
article Homage or Theft? Carolina Herrera Called Out by Mexican Minister (6/13/2019)
(New York) -- The stakes in the current debate around fashion, cultural appropriation and racism, in which a variety of brands from Gucci to H & M have been called...
article Finding the Beauty in Cultural Appropriation (4/20/2019)
(New York) -- “What beautiful cultural appropriation!” I turned in my seat to look at the fashion editor nodding in approval next to me at Lagos Fashion Week...
article Cultural appropriation is one of fashion’s biggest problems (4/8/2019)
(Worldwide) -- Cultural appropriation is currently a prominent topic of conversation within the industry. While some brands are called out by the public and share...
press release Cultural And Intellectual Property Appropriation: Disputes Over Culturally-Inspired Fashions (2/14/2019)
(USA) -- If you haven't heard already, New York Fashion Week is here! As usual, a lineup of awe-inspiring shows is expected to roll out over the next several days,...
article 5 charged in sale of fake Native American goods (2/1/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Authorities say five men and two New Mexico businesses raked in millions of dollars as they peddled faux Native American goods from a factory in the...
article Kate Middleton's favourite boho designer Alice Temperley is accused of cultural appropriation after she and and her father don Native American headdresses (12/5/2018)
(London) -- The Duchess of Cambridge's favourite boho designer Alice Temperley has kicked up a sartorial storm by declaring it is just fine and dandy to wear Native...
article Every Time People Accused the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show of Cultural Appropriation (11/7/2018)
(USA) -- The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is barely more than 24 hours away and, while we can’t wait to see all of our favorite models hit the stage, it...
article Op-Ed: Stop Buying "Native Inspired" Designs (7/25/2018)
(USA) -- When graphic designer Vernan Kee received an invitation to the winter Outdoor Retailer market in January 2017, he jumped at the chance to attend, hoping the...
article Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto panel talks cultural appropriation (6/24/2018)
(Ontario) -- Earlier this month, some of the world's top Indigenous fashion designers shared their collections at the inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto.
article Designer Zuhair Murad criticised for cultural appropriation (1/29/2018)
(UK) -- Fashion designer Zuhair Murad has been criticised for cultural appropriation during the catwalk for his spring/summer 2018 collection. Models were spotted...
article Did Designer Zuhair Murad Just Appropriate Indigenous Cultures? (1/25/2018)
(Paris) -- First racism. Now appropriation. Turns out Couture Fashion Week is just as filled with scandal and controversy as it is with impeccably crafted gowns. On...
article The delicate art of cultural appropriation in design (1/20/2018)
(Indian Country) -- There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about the appropriation of material culture by fashion designers – brands using the cultural...
article MORON ALERT: Victoria’s Secret does it again: Cultural appropriation (11/27/2017)
(China) -- Much as artists, musicians and writers are influenced by the world around them, so too are fashion designers. The fashion industry has a long history of...
article Victoria's Secret Appropriates Indigenous Culture, Yet Again, In Fashion Show (11/22/2017)
(China) -- If you've been confused about when it's appropriate to wear an Indigenous-inspired feathered headdress as a fashion statement and you're not, in...
article Number of Indigenous art 'knock-offs' for sale in Yellowknife shocks Dene designer (6/5/2017)
(North Canada) -- A Dene fashion designer from Lutselk'e, N.W.T., is appalled by the number of what she calls Indigenous art "knock-offs" for sale in...
article BLOG: Valentino didn’t learn anything. (3/23/2017)
(Rhode Island) -- A couple days ago I went to a TJ Maxx in Massachusetts, and my sister and I were oo-ing and ahh-ing over some gorgeous studded Valentino heels. I...
article Wear Now: Alanui's Native-American inspired cashmere cardigan (2/24/2017)
(UK) -- When summer is still a distant prospect and hibernation isn’t an option, reaching for the chicest knitwear you can find is the next best thing. Step...
article From New York, to Paris, to D.C.: Native American fashion gains ground, in spite of stolen designs (2/18/2017)
(New York) -- As Fashion Week came to a close in New York on Wednesday, there were a few new designers showing just under the wire, and they weren’t run of the...
article Seminole Patchwork: Admiration And Appropriation (2/18/2017)
(Florida) -- Beginning Friday, the New York branch of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian will host the exhibit Native Fashion Now, a traveling...
article Fashion's Appropriation of Navajo Culture Has Been Deemed Legal (7/15/2016)
(USA) -- This week, The Fashion Law reported that Urban Outfitters has won the most recent round of the trademark case filed against them by the Navajo Nation back in...
article Navajo Nation Designer: Support Us, Not Racist Urban Outfitters (5/23/2016)
(Arizona) -- OxDx, a brand from Arizona run by a member of the Navajo Nation, makes clothing that deals with Native issues and is a brand worth supporting.
article MAC Cosmetics Says New Summer Collection Isn’t Appropriating Native American Culture (5/9/2016)
(USA) -- MAC Cosmetics recently released its new summer collection, called Vibe Tribe, and supposedly it's an ode to summer-music-festival fashions and colors. But...
23 Total Articles on this Issue

MMIW

article Red jingle cone campaign enlists designers to create pieces for MMIWG (2/15/2020)
(Canada) -- A red jingle jacket designed by Lesley Hampton is part of a campaign to raise awareness about MMIWG and provide funds and support for family members. The...
article Fashion Show for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women to Take Place in City Hall (12/11/2019)
(California) -- It’s been two months since the San Francisco Arts Commission opened The Continuous Thread — a landmark exhibit celebrating the indigenous...
article Indigenous designer fights MMIW crisis with fashion (10/5/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Models with red and black handprints painted on their faces strutted across the stage wearing Darlene Perkins originals. The women’s dresses were...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations

article 'I took a big sigh': Elder, niece-in-law complete pair of mukluks after 60 years (1/26/2020)
(Alberta) -- Agnes White made the first stitch on a pair of mukluks for her brother in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., in 1958. More than 60 years later, and with some help from...
article Here's the backstory on this Inuvialuit parka left at an Edmonton thrift shop (1/10/2020)
(Alberta) -- A vintage sealskin parka that ended up being donated to an Edmonton thrift shop isn't a rare cultural relic, but it's an important piece of history...
article Twin Mohawk sisters create Haudenosaunee-inspired silver jewelry at Six Nations (12/28/2019)
(Ontario) -- Green flames engulf a sterling silver plate as a blow torch whistles. As the plate begins to glow a dull red, Jesse Brant turns off the torch. The green...
article VIDEO: 'For the people, by the people': Mi'kmaw entrepreneurs making a (fashion) statement (12/28/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- When two Mi'kmaw entrepreneurs launched their brand, L'nu'k Clothing Co., at Millbrook First Nation, N.S., in November, they say they knew...
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Las Vegas Gaming

article Damien Hirst Adds Iconic Artworks to Vans Sk8-Hi and Slip-On Silhouettes (11/26/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- Vans has partnered with Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and legendary British artist Damien Hirst for a series of silhouettes that bring his iconic style...
article Vans, Artist Damien Hirst and Palms Casino Resort Join Forces For Limited Edition Sneakers (11/26/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- After debuting the world's most expensive hotel room with a $100,000-per-night rate earlier this year, The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and famed...
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Navajo Nation

article Final Sacred Native Fashion Show held in Tuba City (10/22/2019)
(Arizona) -- After 11 successful years, the Sacred Native Fashion show runway made its final walk Oct. 12 at the Navajo Museum in Tuba City. The last walk did not...
article Navajo Man's Love For Outdoors Ignites Creation Of Outdoor Clothing Company (10/8/2019)
(Arizona) -- Len Necefer grew up on the Navajo Nation, and his childhood was shaped by the outdoors. It wasn’t far from Canyon de Chelly where he said he learned...
article Why This Fashion Entrepreneur Moved From L.A. to a Navajo Reservation to Run Her Own Clothing Business (9/9/2019)
(New Mexico) -- The store has no name. Just a neon sign in the window with a symbol: a Native American storm cloud. It represents rebirth. "I don't feel the...
article Navajo designer plans annual fashion show this weekend at museum (3/31/2018)
(New Mexico) -- Freshly returned from trips to Australia and Denver, Navajo designer Jolonzo Goldtooth will showcase his latest fashion line during the third annual...
article Bold colors, eye-catching patterns at Utah fair Elder Fest (11/6/2017)
(Utah) -- Even though the Diné traditional style is fading away, it stood out through bold colors, vintage or handmade items and eye-catching patterns at the Elder Fest...
article Feds announce $62 million for Navajo water pipeline (9/15/2017)
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Department of Interior says it's awarded a nearly $62 million contract for construction of a water pipeline between two northwestern New...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Muscogee Creek

article Muscogee artist Leslie Deer melds couture and tradition (9/30/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- “Native American culture has always been influencing fashion, whether it’s body art, jewelry or clothing,” says Muscogee apparel artist...
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eSports

article League of Legends Is Partnering With Louis Vuitton (9/25/2019)
(Internet) -- In what would seem, at first, like an unlikely pairing, League of Legends announced Monday it's partnering with Louis Vuitton. The pairing demonstrates...
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Wind River

article Sister act: Artists Keri Ataumbi and Teri Greeves (4/12/2019)
(Wyoming) -- Born on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming in the early 1970s, Kiowa sisters Keri Ataumbi and Teri Greeves grew to become innovators in their respective...
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Cherokee Nation

article Style show features Cherokee on-contact dress (11/14/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- Samantha Good Eagle wore a jingle dress, which is heavy because of the metal jingles. She also had buckskin leggings on. Bird shared that as told to her by...
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Hard Rock

article South Asian Fashion Week debuts in Metro Vancouver (2/21/2018)
(British Columbia) -- Coming this March, rich fabrics and intricate designs will dominate the runway at the first South Asian Fashion Week. From March 2 to 4 at the Hard...
press release Hard Rock Releases City-Specific Apparel Online For First Time Ever (4/4/2017)
(Florida) -- Hard Rock is rolling out its retro city-themed apparel online to remind fans of that special Hard Rock moment from the past. Originally, the city-specific...
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Payday Loans

article Judge Denies Stay To Tribal Lending Cos. In CFPB Probe [sub req] (7/10/2017)
(California) -- A California federal judge on Friday rejected a bid by tribal lending companies to halt civil investigative demands by the Consumer Financial Protection...
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Alaska Native Corporations

article Inuit Designers Revive Sealskin Fashion, Celebrate ‘National Seal Products Day,’ May 20 (5/21/2017)
(Alaska) -- Sealskin fashion has claimed its place in haute couture. Once simply an essential winter wardrobe material in the icy cold of Northern Canada, today Inuit...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article Fashion Steps Up at Standing Rock (12/2/2016)
(New York) -- Kerby Jean-Raymond, the founder of the independent, critically acclaimed fashion label Pyer Moss, planned to attend more than a dozen events at Art Basel...
article American Indian designer creates clothing to support Standing Rock (10/4/2016)
(California) -- Bethany Yellowtail doesn't usually design hoodies and T-shirts. Yet when the L.A.-based clothing designer saw the widespread involvement of tribes...
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Other News

article A Vibrant New Campaign Created By an All-Native Cast and Crew (6/15/2020)
(North Dakota) -- Indigenous fashion designers often explore their heritage through a contemporary lens and unexpected mediums, such as swimwear and denim. As a result,...
article Stories in fiber: Award-winning Dine fashion designer turns attention to making masks (5/31/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Penny Singer paints with thread, wool and cotton to spin designs with the spirit of the Diné. The acclaimed Albuquerque designer of jackets, capes and...
article They’re weaving their culture into the fabrics of their face masks (5/30/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- While wearing a mask can feel like a sacrifice for some, others consider the act as more of a privilege. Diverse ethnic groups, many which have been hit...
article How This Indigenous Streetwear Brand Is Honoring Graduates (5/28/2020)
(USA) -- Across the nation, graduating students are currently partaking in their school’s commencement ceremonies (either virtually or with social distancing...
article Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto designers collaborate on collection with retailer Simons (5/28/2020)
(Ontario) -- Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is releasing a limited edition capsule wardrobe in collaboration with Quebec-based fashion retailer Simons featuring designs...
article Indigenous fashion lovers challenge others to support artists (5/23/2020)
(Canada) -- A pair of Indigenous fashion lovers have started a new Instagram page to help promote Indigenous brands, artists and designers through the pandemic. "It...
article Indigenous community curation delivers ‘truly collaborative and inclusive’ exhibition (3/30/2020)
(Chicago) -- The team behind the new Apsáalooke Women and Warriors show has been motivated to redefine the display of indigenous artefacts by recent controversies which...
article Photos: Apsáalooke Women and Warriors (3/29/2020)
(Montana) -- Curator Nina Sanders holds an Apsáalooke saddle bag during research at Chicago's Field Museum. Sanders paired artifacts in the museum's permanent...
article Christian Allaire: Vogue’s most fashionable Ojibwe (2/26/2020)
(New York) -- Seen on social media wearing the latest cowboy boots, leather pants, western fringed shirts, a smart blue ascot, or any other chic, contemporary styles,...
article FIT Administrators Suspended Amid Backlash Over Fashion Show Evoking Racist Stereotypes (2/24/2020)
(New York) -- Responding to a backlash against the use of seemingly racist oversized lips and ears at a fashion show this month, the Fashion Institute of Technology has...
article Saskatchewan-born stylist brings Indigenous culture to mainstream fashion world (2/19/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- A woman from the Cote First Nation in Saskatchewan wants to make Indigenous style more common in the mainstream media and on the red carpet. After an...
article VIDEO: What is the Métis sash? (2/19/2020)
(Manitoba) -- Métis culture is front and centre in Manitoba this week. The province celebrates Louis Riel Day every year on the third Monday of February. And with...
article More than a fashion statement, the Métis sash was like 'Batman's utility belt' (2/17/2020)
(Canada) -- When it comes to Métis culture and symbols, there are few things that stand out quite like the sash. But what is the history behind it? And what is its...
article These unicorn mukluks will have you flying over rainbows and glitter (2/15/2020)
(Ontario) -- Where does one get unicorn hide to make mukluks? That's a secret that Alley Yupput isn't giving up. The Cree Anishinaabe two-spirit artist who lives...
article Westbank designer seeks two-spirited models for New York fashion show (2/5/2020)
(New York) -- An Indigenous designer who has had her pieces shown in the fashion capitals of the world is searching for transgender “two-spirited” models for...
article Inuit designers launch new line of parkas for Canada Goose (1/19/2020)
(North Canada) -- Canada Goose has launched a new collection of Inuit-made parkas. The collection called Atigi 2.0 has 90 parkas made by 18 seamstresses who all live in...
article Japanese house Comme Des Garçons apologises after cornrow wigs row in an ugly Paris men's fashion week (1/19/2020)
(Paris) -- Cult Japanese fashion house Comme des Garçons, run by the hugely respected and enigmatic Rei Kawakubo, has been embroiled in a race row during Paris men...
article Rebellious indigenous Mexican weaver speaks with his strings Life (1/19/2020)
(Mexico) -- Local weaver and fashion designer Alberto Lopez knew early on that he wanted to be a traditional weaver, but there was a problem: the artisans who loomed in...
article Basket weaving moves from potato fields into art and fashion worlds (1/13/2020)
(New Brunswick) -- Gabriel Frey sits in his workshop, his towering frame hunched under a lamp, the only light illuminating the room. He shifts on his stool and grimaces...
article Mama Tierra to showcase handicrafts of indigenous women (1/10/2020)
(Germany) -- Mama Tierra will showcase its accessories developed from revolutionary materials by indigenous women of Colombia and Venezuela, presenting designs based on...

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