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Beyond Buckskin Premiers New 2013 Lookbook of Native Fashion

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013


Design by Two Dogs and a Bear


Beaded sunglasses by Candace Halcro

This past month, Beyond Buckskin released a first-of-its-kind lookbook featuring 17 Native designers from around the country. It was launched in Las Vegas during the Reservation Economic Summit, an annual event where Indigenous business leaders, entrepreneurs, tribal leaders, and corporate executives meet to help further develop American Indian Businesses. Bethany Yellowtail, a Crow and Northern Cheyenne designer based out of Los Angeles describes her feelings at the launch,

It’s such an honor to be a part of this milestone in documenting native fashion and to join forces with the most talented & creative native people from across the nation. Everyone involved has the same vision and that is to be progressive for indian country and to reclaim our imagery and representation.

On her website, Dr. Jessica Metcalfe, creator of Beyond Buckskin, describes the importance of this release.

This book has historical significance. This is the first time that such a large group of Native American fashion designers have come together for one photoshoot, and the book features striking images from this shoot alongside text pertaining to artist bios and quotes for an overall sophisticated publication that documents Native fashion being created now.

This book will be used to highlight the professionalism of Native American artists and designers, and to encourage customers, leaders, and business partners to invest in Native-made fashion and art as forms of economic development in Indian Country. The project also presents Native-made fashion as strong visual forms sovereignty as it pertains to reclaiming Native representations in mainstream media.

Beyond Buckskin’s lookbook is available for $20 on their website, where you can view more products and blogposts.

The Fader Visits Phoenix for “Dry Spells”, Issue #80’s Fashion Shoot

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

From The Fader:

To scope out truly hot weather, we headed to the deserts of Arizona for our summer fashion editorial from FADER #80, titled Dry Spells. The temperature hit over 100 degrees on some days, but our stylist Mobolaji still found some cool spots among the cliffs to shoot this season’s best fashion. Check out our behind the scenes footage.

Captain Willy’s Short Notice Circus ~ HairPollution, Midtown

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

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Photo by Niba

Hair Pollution Salon held an annual fashion show on June 10th at their Phoenix location, featuring live art, music, food trucks, fire breathers, carnival games & more. Proceeds from the event went to the Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development.

Check out more pics & info at Hair Pollution‘s facebook page.

“Finding Home” & “Area Codes No. 1” Release ~ The 1912 Project

Friday, June 15th, 2012

William LeGoullon of The 1912 Project released  “Finding Home”, his tenth limited-edition batch of Arizona-inspired shirts. His 9th release, “Area Codes”, also came out back in March. We’re a little late at spreading the word here on phxtaco, but LeGullon’s eleventh release should premier sometime this month. And since only 25 of the limited-editions shirts are printed, you’ll want to stay up to date on the releases at the website, where you can also view previous editions and read a bio on the author/project.

Also, check out LeGullon’s blog, “Dry Heat” here

Jessica R. Metcalfe’s Native-Made “Beyond Buckskin” Blog & Boutique

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Summer Peters

From Beyond Buckskin‘s press release:

Beyond Buckskin began in 2009 as a site dedicated to all things related to Native American fashion. It has steadily grown over the past two years with a dedicated readership and has developed into a one-stop site where readers can discover new designers, see images from the latest events, learn about the historical evolution of Native American clothing, and discuss critical issues in the field of fashion, especially as it pertains to cultural misappropriation by the mainstream fashion industry.

Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe runs Beyond Bucksin out of Tempe, AZ, featuring both local and international designers ranging from street wear to high fashion. She earned her PhD in American Indian Studies and is reworking her dissertation on Native American designers into a book. Andrea Preston (Navajo), Summer Peters (Ojibwe), and the Navajo brother/sister duo TSOul are three Phoenix-based designers found on the site.

For more info, visit


Jen Deveroux’s Madame Trapeze Fashion Show ~ Crescent Ballroom

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Madame Trapeze (May 12th, 2012) from Chris Heck on Vimeo.

Alternative fashion show in Phoenix, Arizona on May 12th, 2012 at the Crescent Ballroom.

Produced By Jen Deveroux

Filmed and Edited by Chris Heck

Photos by John Carbis