Thursday, April 29, 2010


As a finale blog, I would like to take a look at an entire line derived from culturally specific fashion; Native American. Anna Sui’s Spring 2009 line is bursting at the seams with reference to American Indians.

I mean, who doesn’t own a pair of moccasins? But here, she takes it to a whole new level. Although this is only four pieces from an entire ready-to-wear collection, it is plain to see Sui’s central theme. To begin, her use of geometric patterns as detail and in the prints is the first obvious indication of her “Navajo chić” focus. Notice on the left-most dress her use of robin’s-egg blue beaded tassels emerging from an embroidered, gradient design. Also, with the same dress, a large beaded necklace of blues, whites/ivories, and yellows is worn that looks very similar to hand-crafted Native American jewelry. On the other dresses, notice the similarity in shapes, patterns and colors compared to these original Native American prints:

This is definitely a modern style for all the trendster/indie/hippies out there. Who can say no to fringe, right?

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