Idyllwild show reflects 10 designers' personal heritage, culture
By Marcia Gawecki
Attendees can expect a spectacular, full-fledged fashion event, which kicks off with the Cahuilla Bird Singers, and showcases professional models and a 3-D audio-visual presentation. Most of the fashions can be seen, touched and purchased during a reception immediately following the event, which also features Native American foods created by Freddie Bitsole.
“Fashion is something that you have to experience live and in person,” said Dr. Jessica Metcalfe, who is producing the show. Her online Native American boutique, Beyond Buckskin, features only Native American-made art, fashion and jewelry.
The fashion show will lead off with couture designs by Consuelo Pascual, Pilar Agoyo, David Gaussoin, Bethany Yellowtail, Patricia Michaels and Dorothy Grant, followed by jewelry by Kristen Dorsey and Wayne Gaussoin, and purses by Maya Stewart.
The public is invited to attend this free event.
The show features the fashion designs of 11 prominent and up-and-coming Native Americans, including Lifetime’s “Project Runway--Season 11” runner-up Patricia Michaels, who is affiliated with the Taos Pueblo, in Taos, N.M., and renowned designer Dorothy Grant, a member of the Haida tribe from Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
A performance by the Cahuilla Bird Singers will kick off the event.
For more on Patricia Michaels, see Michaels Parlays Project Runway Success and Michaels Runner-Up in Project Runway.