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Reflections on Fashion with Amber-Dawn Bear Robe – Free Event- Please Register
March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Southwestern Association for American Indian Arts (SWAIA) Fashion Show in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the preeminent event in North America for premiering new collections from Indigenous fashion designers. Curator and art historian Amber-Dawn Bear Robe created the event in 2014 and has since brought luminaries of Native North American fashion like B.Yellowtail, Sho Sho Esquiro, Loren Aragon, Patricia Michaels, Violet Ahmie, Orlando Dugi, and Yolonda Skelton to the runway each year. Bear Robe will discuss the California Stars exhibition artist and fashion designer Jamie Okuma among others during her talk.
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Free Fashion Talk March 11
Amber-Dawn Bear Robe, featuring earrings by Angela LarRocque. Photo by Tira Howard. Courtesy Amber-Dawn Bear Robe and the Southwestern Association of American Indian Arts.
Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Siksika Nation) is Assistant Faculty of Art History in the Museum Studies department at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), Santa Fe, NM and Fashion Show Program Director for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), Santa Fe, NM. As a Fashion Curator, her most recent exhibition is Art of Indigenous Fashion at the IAIA’s Museum of Contemporary Native Arts with two exhibitions in process, at the Autry Museum of the American West, CA and the Vancouver Art Gallery, B.C. Canada. Bear Robe achieved an MA in American Indian Studies and a second MA in Art History, both from the University of Arizona. Regional Emmys were awarded to Bear Robe, in 2020 and 2021, as producer for two documentary short films on Indigenous fashion. Publications include Indigenous Fashion: Each Garment Has a Story (Crystal Bridges, 2022) and Artseaucrats versus Bureaucrats: Indigenous Printmaking in Winnipeg, 1960s and 1970s (Plug-In Institute, 2021) She is an acting trustee for the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) board, CO, and the Wheelwright Museum board, NM.