Fashion Show: Celebrating Artistic Excellence in Fashion

Friday March 1   6:15 – 7 p.m.

For information on the Awards portion of the Reception, click here

Watch our models walk the Heard catwalk in creations by these amazing designers of wearable art.


Loren Aragon (Acoma Pueblo), Phoenix Fashion Week’s 2018 Designer of the Year, will bring his Phoenix-based fashion brand ACONAV to the Heard catwalk. ACONAV brings Acoma Pueblo art and culture into the spotlight with luxury designs that tie cultural ideas and beliefs with modern silhouettes. Aragon received a degree in mechanical engineering and worked as an engineer until 2014. He reconnected with his artistic side in 2008 and now describes his work as a combination of his artistic vision and technological discipline.

Venancio Aragon (Navajo)

Gerard Begay (Navajo)

Tina Benavente (Coushatta Nation of Louisiana)

Jimmie C. Fife (mother of Maya Stewart) – (Muscogee (Creek)

Darylene Martin (Navajo)

Sage Mountainflower (Ohkay Owingeh, Taos Pueblo)

Jhane Myers (Comanche/Blackfeet)

Tahnibaa Naataanii (Navajo)

Summer Peters (Saginaw Ojibwe Tribe of Michigan), Booth # , learned to bead from her mom and grandmother. She developed her own unique technique of beading, and sold her first piece of beadwork when she was a young teenager. She often beads flowers, leaves, berries and other foliage found in a Great Lakes forest because beading Ojibwe-style keeps her connected to her homeland and people. When she’s not beading for her business Mama Longlegz, she is competing in tournament-style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Laura Shurley-Olivas (Navajo)

Michelle Tsosie Sisneros (Santa Clara Pueblo)

Dawn Spears (Narragansett)

Maya Stewart (Chickasaw, Creek and Choctaw), Booth # J-08, women’s purses. Her designs are frequently influenced both by the geometric lines of Southeastern tribes and her many years spent in London, New York and Los Angeles. Her designs have been featured in Vogue, W Magazine, Elle, Vanity Fair, and carried by a number of celebrities. A graduate of the London College of Fashion, she received the Professor Jimmy Choo Award. She has presented her collections at Paris, New York and Los Angeles Fashion Week.

Jacinthe TwoBulls (Haida)

Margaret Wood (Navajo/Seminole)