Indigenous fashion designer struts at Paris Fashion Week

By Stephanie Muniz

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (KOAT) – An indigenous fashion designer showcases her designs on the world stage during Paris Fashion Week.

Sage Mountainflower has been making traditional pueblo attire for over 20 years. The designer hopes her styles will help showcase indigenous culture.

She says she started because of her children “to participate in Pueblo traditions and our ceremonies there, as well as powwows.”

Little by little, she learns sewing and beading. Today, his creations go around the world.

Mountainflower said, “We’ve been doing this for generations, you know, and we all have unique styles.”

Earlier this month, Mountainflower took its own models to experience fashion week.

“I was very in disbelief because I never thought I would go to Paris, not even on a trip, but to model there,” model Kaylynn Gallegos said.

One of the collections represents a specific pueblo in New Mexico.

Mountainflower said: “Phendi in our language, in the language of the table means black. So everything I did was black, but that’s like where I come from at Ohkay Owingeh and the Tewa in northern New Mexico.

Collections are a way to keep Pueblo culture alive.

“Who I Am as a Tewa Woman, as a Pueblo Woman”, Mountainflower.

Model Anistacia Aragon said, “I felt like people really liked her because Sage’s clothes are really traditional, but it’s also not traditional at the same time. And she has things from rags to beautiful dresses that are beaded.

The models say they are proud to be a representation of the culture.

Gallegos said, “I’m so proud to be where I’m from and proud to be from New Mexico.”

Aragon added, “It’s such an honor to be able to represent New Mexico and the indigenous peoples of New Mexico.”

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