Photo by Thosh Collins

Native Style: Sho Sho Esquiro at Couture Fashion Week in NYC

Sho Sho Esquiro, Kaska Dene and Cree, is one of the most esteemed Native designers working today, and tonight she'll be showing her latest work on the runway at Couture Fashion Week in New York City. Esquiro's work joins that of Cree Nisga'a Clothing and Linda Kay Peters in the trio of Native-made collections being spotlighted at the event.

As described by fashion expert Jessica Metcalfe at Beyond Buckskin, Esquiro's 2013 collection is "clearly influenced by a sense of maturity and a reflection on the past. Traditional Dene and Cree beadwork, shellwork, and sealskin all find their way into her garments as elegant and thoughtful details." Artist Frida Kahlo and the Mexican Day of the Dead also exert some influence over the looks.

Esquiro chose to put her creations on exclusively Native models for these lookbook photos, which were  taken by Thosh Chollins (Salt River Pima Maricopa). To see some of the designer's past work, visit the Portfolio page at shoshoesquiro.com.

Short Dawg, center, sings one of his songs

Short Dawg, center, sings one of his songs

Short Dawg, center, sings one of his songs

Short Dawg, center, sings one of his songs

Short Dawg, center, sings one of his songs

Short Dawg, center, sings one of his songs

Short Dawg, center, sings one of his songs

Short Dawg, center, sings one of his songs

Short Dawg, center, sings one of his songs

Short Dawg, center, sings one of his songs

Short Dawg, center, sings one of his songs

Short Dawg, center, sings one of his songs

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