Best of Show Reception:
Friday March 2 5:30 – 8pm
Fashion Show: Celebrating Artistic Excellence in Fashion
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), Booth # E-15, 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.
Kevin Aspaas (Diné), Booth # C-44, will show his moccasins and felt accessories. Aspaas, an award-winning weaver from Shiprock NM, learned sash weaving from his mother at age 10 and later transitioned to rug weaving.
Nanibaa Beck 2nd generation Diné (Navajo) Booth # I-11, jeweler and co-founder of native style blog presence 4.0. She learned to fabricate metals and to inlay stones from her father, Victor Beck, Sr. Nanibaa founded Notabove Jewelry which reflects Native creative expressions and the growth of a dine’ ‘asdzaa (navajo woman) as a designer. The name, notabove, is her favorite mispronunciation of her name. It is also a beautiful way of working and collaborating with others- not above but beside you.
Della Bighair Stump (Apsaalooke/Crow), Booth # A-05, from Hardin, Montana is a fashion/art designer using Crow designs (geometric & floral).
Catherine Black Horse (Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; member of the Tom Palmer Band and the Beaver Clan), Booth # K-12, women’s dresses. In 2017, she won second place for her Elk Tooth dress at Santa Fe and an honorable mention for Star Beings Holy Ceremonial Robe at the Heard. A self-taught artist known for her traditional dresses and paintings, she uses materials from the 1800’s, including fine wool, silk, ribbons, metal sequins, dentallium shells, real elk teeth and antique thimbles.
Eugene Crawford (Navajo), Booth #I-20, leatherwork. Eugene, from Crystal Mountain, NM, is 81 years old and the father of jewelers Mark and Michael Roanhorse. Eugene designs and hand stitches leather bags, purses, briefcases and silver belts.
Jeff DeMent (Diné), Booth # Demo-10, jeweler. Jeff specializes in tufa casting, a traditional Diné (Navajo) technique. He carves a design into tuff, a compressed volcanic ash commonly called tufa rock, to create a mold into which he pours molten silver. After annealing the silver, he hand cuts, files and forms the piece and inlays high-grade turquoise.
Summer Peters (Saginaw Ojibwe Tribe of Michigan), Booth # J-05, 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.
Mark Roanhorse (Navajo of the Towering House Clan and the Water’s Edge Clan), Booth # I-19, jeweler. He learned his craft at age 9 from his father, Eugene Crawford. Mark and his brother Michael are both featured in the book, “Silver and Stone: Profiles of American Indian Jewelers.” Mark excels at the tufa cast technique. He carves intricate designs into tufa, a volcanic stone, and pours molten silver into the cast. Tufa stones often break after a single cast, making each piece a unique work of art.
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.