Native American Fashion Show
San Francisco Stages Fashion Show Featuring Indigenous Designers
On Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 4pm – 6pm, acclaimed designers Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene, Cree), Leah Mata, member of the yak tityu tityu (the people) Northern Chumash Tribe, and Project Runway alumna Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) will participate in San Francisco’s first fashion show dedicated to work by Indigenous Peoples. Their models will walk a runway in San Francisco’s iconic City Hall Rotunda. Organized by the San Francisco Arts Commission in partnership with Sewam American Indian Dance, the fashion show is intended to reclaim space for Indigenous Peoples in the public realm and bring awareness to an alarming epidemic of murdered and missing Ingenious Women.
The fashion show is part of a citywide American Indian Initiative titled The Continuous Thread: Celebrating our Interwoven Histories, Identities and Contributions that coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz, the one-year anniversary of the City’s first Indigenous People’s Day and the anniversary of the removal of the Early Days sculpture. The Initiative includes over 14 community partners and features exhibitions, a temporary light-art project, public celebrations, and a wide array of free art programs.
Photography courtesy of Patricia Michaels