Sunday, August 18th

4:00PM - 5:00PM

Photo Credit | Jason Ordaz

Video by K. Waldstein, Mountain Mover Media

Photo Credit | Jason Ordaz

Photo Credit | Jason Ordaz

Haute Couture Fashion Show

A market highlight! This adored and highly attended event features Native designers presenting cutting-edge fashion collections and accessories. Special VIP tickets available, which include a backstage Angel Fire Vodka reception and meet & greet.


DATE: Sunday, August 18th

TIME: 4:00PM – 5:00PM

Santa Fe Community Convention Center
201 W Marcy St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Participating Designers:

Shy Natives


Shy Natives founded by Northern Cheyenne sisters, Jordan and Madison Craig, design and create handmade lingerie.

Shy Natives aims to empower individuals with their handmade lingerie, apparel, and inspiring imagery. Each piece is designed, patterned and sewn by Madison. After years of struggling with fit, she taught herself how to sew bralettes and underwear. Shy Natives is not a standard indie lingerie brand. It is an ongoing art and social project. With her Studio Art background, Jordan manages the brand’s image, style and feel. The sisters collaborate with Indigenous photographers, filmmakers, poets, models, artists and musicians to create beautiful, meaningful content. Shy Natives aims to fight the oversexualization and stereotyping of Indigenous peoples. We are reclaiming our bodies and sensuality, and providing a safe and supportive platform for humans to express themselves however they like. Currently, the sister duo are developing Shy Natives products and preparing to launch their business.

Sho Sho Esquiro


Sho Sho Esquiro grew up in Canada’s north in the Yukon. She is of Kaska Dene, Cree and Scottish heritage. Learning to sew at a young age, she thrived leaning and growing with her mother who is also an artist. Esquiro is a contemporary artist using traditional techniques to create textiles that have been featured in Museums around North America. Winning numerous awards from museums, the designer was the first to show on Paris Famous Effiel Tower, selected as one of seven worldwide to represent Canada in France. Esquiro uses new and repurposed fur and leather with rich and natural fibers along with 24 K gold and Platinum. 

Delina White


IamAnishinaabe is a collective comprised of Delina White, Lavender Hunt, Sage Davis and Snowy White. In collaboration with her two daughters, Lavender and Sage and now introducing her granddaughter Snowy, they intend to bring our Native culture into daily life by making jewelry, accessories, and clothing that can be worn in everyday situations, special occasions and ceremonies. They pay special attention to traditional meanings of design, materials and elements. IamAnishinaabe works with heirloom pieces and repurpose them so that they can continue to be used and handed into the next generation for eternity.

Delina White is a mixed-media artist best known for her beadwork and applique pieces for regalia. The work of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Nation features delicate lines and forms that the Anishinaabe ancestors began innovating in the 1600s.

Margaret Roach Wheeler

Margaret Roach Wheeler is a Native American of Chickasaw-Choctaw descent, who weaves contemporary garments based on American Indian costumes. Wheeler was one of four Native American fashion designers chosen to speak at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York. She was the recipient of the 2000 Artist-in-Residence program with the Smithsonian. Her work was included in the following exhibitions, Changing Hands: Art without Reservation, The Museum of Art and Design in NYC, Native Fashion Now, The Peabody Museum in Salem, MA, Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Art curated by Bobby Martin and Tony Tiger, and Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art curated by Manuela Well-Off-Man with a grant from the Chickasaw Nation. Wheeler manages Mahota Studios Handwovens at the Artesian Gallery and Studios in Sulphur, OK. She is the Founder and President of Mahota Textiles, LLC, a newly established textile business with the Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce in Sulphur, OK

Pamela Baker

Himikalas/Pamela Baker is from Kwaguilth/Tlingit/Haida ancestry on her mother’s side, and from Sqaumish ancestry on her fathers. Many years ago, she began a lifelong search to provide First Nations people a stage to showcase their culture and mentor Indigenous youth. As a single mother, Baker moved with her two children to Los Angeles, California to study at Otis College of Art and Design where she obtained a degree in Fashion Design. Her newly acquired degree provided her with the technical skills and business acumen to focus on designing a future honouring her ancestors. Baker started creating her own unique fashion and jewelry with First Nation West Coast design. It is then that Touch of Culture was developed as TOC Legends and most recently Copperknot Jewelry.

Decontie & Brown


Jason Brown (Penobscot) and Donna Decontie-Brown (Penobscot/Algonquin) are the driving force behind Decontie & Brown and have been creating for the past 20 years. This husband and wife team draws inspiration from their culture and their experience in the luxury jewelry industry to create beautiful trendsetting designs with a Native American influence.

“With a uniquely rich culture and natural environment, we find it almost a compulsion to create both adornment and fashion that is fully inspired by these elements. We are honored to present beautiful and trendsetting designs rooted in the time-honored traditions of handcrafted elegance.” – Jason Brown

“Through fashion, we can expand on design ideas and cultural concepts. It’s very exciting when our adornment has inspired Haute Couture and together, they harmoniously and sometimes boldly tell a story of the Wabanaki.” – Donna Decontie-Brown

Korina Emmerich


EMME is a New York based womenswear and accessory brand founded in 2009, by Korina Emmerich.

Korina Emmerich of EMME has built her brand on the backbone of Expression, Art and Culture. Leading the charge to embrace art and design as one and weaving it into her brand story, her colorful work is known to reflect her indigenous heritage stemming from The Pacific Northwest, Puyallup tribe. Originally raised in Oregon, Korina Emmerich developed her brand in Brooklyn NY and cultivated a loyal following and successful path as a truly unique contemporary fashion designer. She debuted her Spring Summer 2015 collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion week and has continued to develop her work to reflect sustainability and responsibility in an ever changing fashion world.

Lesley Hampton


Lesley Hampton was a ‘third culture kid’ and her early life was one of constant relocation. Formative years spent in Canada’s Arctic and Atlantic, Australia, England, Indonesia, and New Caledonia, added to her quest to establish a personal and cultural identity. Lesley defines herself through the amalgamation of the indigeneity, to her Anishinaabe and Mohawk heritage, as well as, her early nomadic upbringing. Becoming a nomad through experiences with boarding school, international school, adoption, and cross-cultural experiences, Lesley nurtured a passion for socio-cultural concepts, to help define her identity, and reconnect with her indigenous roots.

Founded on the principles of inclusivity, identity, awareness, and heritage, the LESLEY HAMPTON brand’s inspiration is defined by the characteristics developed from being a Third Culture Kid and critiques their application in present day society in fashion, media, and pop culture. Diversity is at the core of every piece created by LESLEY HAMPTON; with a focus on evening-wear and occasion-wear.  The brand draws inspiration from notations that embody inclusivity, and broader perceptions of beauty that leads to mental health awareness and body-positive advocacy.

Catherine Blackburn


Catherine Blackburn was born in Patuanak, SK. She is of Dene and European ancestry and is a member of the English River First Nation. Her work in beading, painting, and jewelry address Canada’s colonial past, prompted by personal narratives. Through the subject of family, she is inspired to express her own feelings and experiences that speak to the complexities of memory, history, and identity. Her art merges contemporary concepts with elements of traditional Dene culture that create dialogue between traditional art forms and new interpretations of them. She has been included in notable exhibitions such as Beadspeak (2016) at Slate Fine Art Gallery, Regina; Worlds on a String: Beads, Journeys, Inspirations (2016) at the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto; the renowned 2017 Bonavista Biennale, as one of only 26 Canadian artists; and ‘My Sister,’ the Contemporary Indigenous Art Biennial 2018/La Biennale d’Art Contemporain Autochtone (BACA) in Montreal, Quebec. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work, including a Governor General History Award, the highly recognized Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant, and most recently the Saskatchewan RBC Emerging Artist Award. She is affiliated with the Alcheringa Gallery in Victoria BC; the Mann Art Gallery in Prince Albert SK.

Patricia Michaels


For over 20 years, Patricia Michaels has been producing one-of-a-kind haute couture that transcends cultures and defies fashion trends. Growing up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she was surrounded by beauty—in culture, landscape, and art, all which greatly influenced her design aesthetic. Her Native American culture is deeply rooted in New Mexico, and as a child, she spent a lot of time at Taos Pueblo where many of her family, including her grandparents, lived. In this majestic, untouched terrain, Patricia received a unique education—the environment became her teacher, and with the help of her elders, she learned to respect and honor the process of working with her hands and heart.

Today, Patricia continues to draw inspiration from nature and her Native roots. She named her company, PM Waterlily, after her Native name, vowing to keep her traditions alive through the interconnectedness of her fashions. In this respect, Patricia has become a forerunner in the fashion industry for practicing cultural sustainability.