The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in NYC has two events this week that explore fashion and culture.
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Orlando Dugi (Diné [Navajo]), cape, dress, and headdress from "Desert Heat" collection, 2012. Silk, organza, feathers, beads, and 24k gold; feathers, beads, and silver; porcupine quills and feathers. On view in the “Native Fashion Now” exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York from Feb. 17, 2017, to Sept. 4, 2017
Native/American Fashion: Inspiration, Appropriation, and Cultural Identity--Sunday, April 22--It's co-sponsored by the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. The all-day event will have speakers from the fashion world, academia, legal scholars and editors. The theme of the symposium is, "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." Speakers include: Anna Blume, Daniel James Cole, Joe Horse Capture, Adrienne Keene, Karen Kramer, Jessica Metcalfe, Douglas Miles, Lynette Nylander, Virgil Ortiz, Sherry Farrell Racette, Susan Scafidi, and Timothy Shannon. Moderated by Kathleen Ash-Milby, Eileen Karp, and Amy Werbel.