SWAIA’s Fashion Show is Now Virtual

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—August 5, 2020; Santa Fe, NM—The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts is pleased to announce this year’s Virtual Fashion Show premiering at—August 10 through August 16, 2020. SWAIA’s annual Fashion Show is produced by Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Siksika Nation) showcasing the best of North American Indigenous fashion.

“Indigenous fashion is continually changing, reflecting current culture and environment. This year’s designers reflect innovation and creative strength, grounded in diverse Native cultures across North America,” said Bear Robe.

Photo ©Neebin Southall

Designer spotlights will feature the following designers in the process of making and presenting new designs: 

Aug 10  Skawannati  (Mohawk)

Aug 11:  Korina Emmerich (Coast Salish Territory, Puyallup)

Aug 12: Catherine Blackburn (Dene)

Aug 13: Sage Paul (English River First Nation)

Aug 14: : Delina White (Ojibwe)

Aug 15: Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo)

The Main Fashion show on Sunday, August 16, includes the streaming of all participating designer spotlights, concluding with designer Orlando Dugi’s debut of an exquisite New Capsule Collection for the SWAIA 2020 fashion show. The fashion film short can be seen Sunday, August 16, 2020, at 2 p.m. on the SWAIA virtual market platform followed by a live Q & A steaming with the artist.  

For Media Inquiries and Images:

Audrey Rubinstein
505.466.6992 or 505.490.5029 (cell)


About Virtual Indian Market: 

Virtual Indian Market is a SWAIA initiative to support Native arts by establishing a global presence for artists through virtual platforms. Virtual Indian Market is supported by the Clark Hulings FundArtSpan, and other organizations that have helped connect SWAIA with innovative marketing efforts designed to expand the organization’s existing marketplace. For complete information visit,


About Amber-Dawn Bear Robe:

Amber-Dawn Bear Robe, from Siksika Nation, Alberta, Canada, achieved an MA in American Indian Studies and a second MA degree in Art History, both from the University of Arizona. Currently, she is Assistant Faculty of Art History in the Museum Studies department at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM. Bear Robe is presently curating an exhibition about Indigenous representation; writing a paper on the Indigenous Printmaking movement in central Canada in the 60’s-70’s for the Mackenzie Art Gallery, Saskatchewan, Alberta; producing the annual Indigenous fashion show for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA); sitting on the curatorial committee for Vital Spaces, Santa Fe, NM; and an acting trustee for two organizations: the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) board and the Wheelwright Museum. Previously, she was Director/Curator of Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Winnipeg, Canada.   

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