Walking by the Portland, Oregon USA Art Museum (PAM) recently, I had to stop to take in the gorgeous panel images advertising a new exhibit, Native Fashion Now. After reading that the show is a one-of-a-kind traveling exhibition that will be leaving Portland in September for upcoming runs in Oklahoma and NYC, I pitched the story to 1859 Magazine and was lucky enough to get the assignment. If you’re here in #PDX or happen to be in Oklahoma or New York in the coming months, check this incredible exhibit out.
I thoroughly enjoyed writing about this exhibition, largely because of the groundbreaking nature of the show and the enthusiasm of everyone involved, from museum visitors to artists and curators. The excitement around showcasing contemporary Native American fashion and design through a professionally curated show is palpable.
*Top featured image is a photo I took while visiting the show of wool blankets designed by artist Louie Gong’s Eighth Generation clothing line. The company is the first Native owned and operated business to produce wool blankets, in direct competition with Pendleton Woolen Mills. Louie’s flagship store will open in Seattle later this month at Pike’s Place Market. Stay tuned for more on that!