International Indigenous Fashion Week Inc. (IIFW) will deliver a diverse experience blending fashion and music from artists and designers from across North America and around the world. The stimulating and refreshing production includes street wear, eco-friendly fashions, and traditional Indigenous designs with a modern day touch.
IIFW has successfully been a global platform for Indigenous designers in helping them break into the mainstream fashion industry.
Join us at the Normandy Le Chantier Hotel on Thursday, February 27th, 2020.
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Mary Kelsay/MEKA, is an Unangax designer in Seattle. Mary makes custom and women's wear garments. Although contemporary, Mary loves to design with a flare of indigenous influence. As an independent designer for the last 8 years, Mary has designed many collections ranging from swim/resort wear to evening/cocktail wear. This years collection is influenced from Unangax regalia, hunting hats, and basketry. Femininity is the focus with this years line, With Italian silk, tasseled silk, and lace fabric used with Unangax inspired design lines twisted into modern dresses, separates, and jackets. This year’s collection wouldn't be possible without the support from her local community in Seattle as well as her Far North community in Alaska.
Sage Mountainflower is from Ohkay Owingeh, the place of the Strong People and an enrolled tribal member. She is also from Taos Pueblo and the Navajo Nation. She learned to bead by observing and making small beaded bracelets, earrings and medallions as a child. She is self-taught in pueblo embroidery and sewing, when she began making traditional and contemporary clothing for her children. Over the last 20 years, Sage began designing and creating traditional beaded regalia. Her art also brings traditional beading techniques to modern contemporary clothing designs, where she expanded the breath of her work to encompass beaded clothing, dresses, moccasins, and accessories. Sage Mountainflower pushes traditional barriers in her beadwork design, by beading, hats and handbags. She also learned pueblo embroidery by making traditional clothing needed for each specific dances throughout the year. Sage creates designs that can be worn daily and can be incorporated into any wardrobe. Sage illustrates the relationship between the people and the natural world in stories that incorporate designs of water, rain, stars, mountains, animals, flowers and lightning to name a few. She blends the traditional looks with a contemporary style to be worn in our daily lives while representing her culture.