Native/American Fashion: Inspiration, Appropriation, and Cultural Identity explores fashion as a creative endeavor and an expression of cultural identity, the history of Native fashion, issues of problematic cultural appropriation in the field, and examples of creative collaborations and best practices between Native designers and fashion brands. In this segment, we hear from the second panelist to speak on the topic Creative Collaborations, artist and designer Virgil Ortiz. Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo), contemporary Native American artist and fashion designer, grew up in New Mexico in a family of Cochiti Pueblo potters in which telling stories, collecting clay, gathering wild plants, and producing figurative pottery all were part of everyday life. After a highly successful collaboration with fashion icon Donna Karan, during which he developed boldly patterned textiles based on his graphic decorative painting, Ortiz has since launched his own fashion line. His designs, such as sharp laser-cut leather jackets, swinging taffeta skirts, cashmere sweaters, and silk scarves, echo the voluminous contours and sinuous motifs of Pueblo pottery while showcasing the richness of indigenous high fashion and compelling storytelling of Pueblo culture and history. This event was webcast and recorded in the Diker Pavilion of the National Museum of the American Indian George Gustav Heye Center in New York City on April 22, 2017.
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