Trendsetting Native American couture to highlight Heard Museum fashion show

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Explore the color, glamour and cutting-edge excitement of Native American couture and jewelry at Native Style: Where Fashion is Heard, the Heard Museum's fashion show, boutique and luncheon, on Dec. 2. Native contemporary designs by Orlando Dugi, Penny Singer and Patricia Michaels will ignite the runway, accessorized by stunning jewelry from top designers like Victoria Adams, Marian Denipah, the Gaussoin family, Kenneth Johnson, Steve LaRance, Duane Maktima and Wes Willie. The show will also provide a rare opportunity to view vintage couture by iconic Native American designers Lloyd Kiva New, Kay Bennett and others - all from the collection of Robert Black, proprietor of Scottsdale's retro-chic boutique Fashion by Robert Black.

"Fashion is a living art form that impacts our daily lives," commented Heard Museum President Dr. Letitia Chambers. "The Heard is honored to celebrate the contribution that American Indians have made, and continue to make, to the world of fashion. The museum's collection includes classic pieces by mid-century designers like Lloyd Kiva New and Charles Loloma, but the Heard has also always been dedicated to exhibiting and promoting the work of living contemporary artists. Native Style provides a great opportunity to do so in a way that's engaging and fun."

Native Style kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with a reception and pre-sale, followed by a delectable lunch and runway show. Music will be provided by leading Canyon Records recording artists Radmilla Cody, Aaron White and Anthony Wakeman. Fashions and jewelry by many designers represented in the runway show will be available for purchase at a private boutique sale, which then opens to the public at 2 p.m.

"We're proud to represent some of today's hottest Native trendsetters in a visually stunning event," noted Heard Museum Art Director Phil Conley. "This will be a fashion show unlike the rest, and the only place to see the finest in Native style."

Tickets are $45 for Heard Museum members, $50 for non-members, and can be purchased by calling Dani Boone at (602) 346-8192.

Since 1929, the Heard Museum, a private non-profit organization, has enchanted visitors from around the world with the art, culture and history of American Indians, with an emphasis on tribes of the Southwest. With more than 40,000 fine artworks and cultural artifacts in its permanent collection, 11 long-term and changing exhibit galleries, an education center, an award-winning Shop, the Books & More boutique bookstore, Coffee Cantina and Courtyard Café, the Heard Museum is a place of learning, discovery and unforgettable experiences.

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