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The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) and Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection are collaborating to host a unique fashion show featuring Lloyd “Kiva” New designs from the vintage collection of Robert Black and Doreen Picerne. The limited attendance show begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2022, at Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe.

Designer Lloyd Henri Kiva New is a crucial figure in conscientious, responsible, and innovative American Native fashion history. He was integral in infusing modern Indigenous design into the high-class fabric and fashion of American women during the 1940 – 1960s.

Lloyd Kiva New

Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee) was born in 1916 and is best known for fashion design and developing interesting concepts in textiles and culturally based education for students at the Institute of American Arts (IAIA) during the 1960s and 1970s.

New saw the power of fashion and the positive effect it could have for Native artists, becoming one of the first Native designers to create a successful high-fashion brand. He launched Lloyd Kiva Design Associates in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the 1950s, helping to establish the city as a high-end art and fashion destination. New sold his designs to Neiman Marcus and other luxury fashion retailers; his best-known works include purses and the color-clashing textiles he created and printed in his studio which visitors will see on the Bishop’s Lodge runway.

New was also an important educator, serving as the art director at the newly formed Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) from 1967 to 1978. There, he impacted generations of students, fostering Native artists and helping their work be taken seriously. New taught his textile design process and techniques to students and encouraged them to experiment.

Amber-Dawn Bear Robe in a dress by Carrie Wood and jewelry by Matagi Sorensen. Photo by Tira Howard.
Amber-Dawn Bear Robe in a dress by Carrie Wood and jewelry by Matagi Sorensen. Photo by Tira Howard.

“At least half of what we are showing has never been seen by the public,” said Black, about the Kiva New collections being brought to the boutique runway. Propelled by the enormous success of the Indigenous fashion shows during Santa Fe Indian Market and the world’s interest in Native North American fashion designers, the show’s producer, Amber-Dawn Bear Robe for SWAIA, says, “Kiva New is currently featured in the Art of Indigenous Fashion at IAIA’s (Institute of American Indian Art) Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and included as one of America’s great designers at The Metropolitan Museum’s exhibit In America: An Anthology of Fashion.”

A Passion for Fashion

A combined passion for fashion, history, and preservation inspired this first fashion show at Bishop’s Lodge. Indigenous fashion has recently caught the eye of Native art enthusiasts, curators, and savvy fashion collectors. “Despite the increased interest in the original design language of America, Native designers are neither new nor an anomaly,” Bear Robe points out.

This will be the first Bishop’s Lodge show featuring the private collection of Lloyd Kiva New designs — original Southwest designs from a designer who is considered by some as the patriarch of Indigenous fashion in America.

Kay Bennett (Diné/Navajo) (1922 – 1997) will also have a few pieces in the show. Bennett is well known for her activism and dolls, but little is known about the dresses she made in the 1960s, a modern ‘60s style with hand-stitched figures and designs.

The Robert Black Collection

The fashions included in the show are from the private collection of Robert Black. His vintage boutique is in Old Town Scottsdale, featuring women’s fashion from day dresses to evening gowns, jewelry, and more spanning from the 1930s through the 1990s. Several of the garments have never been seen by the public. This will be the largest Lloyd Kiva New fashion show, a rare and exclusive look at his designs.

The Lloyd Kiva New runway show will be an intimate event that begins with a reception serving spirited beverages. Get your tickets here before the event sells out.

Lloyd Kiva New Runway Show Lloyd Kiva New Fashion Show infographic
Friday, September 30, 2022 • 4 p.m. (pre-reception at 3 p.m.)
For tickets and more information, visit this LINK.

Bishop’s Lodge
1297 Bishop’s Lodge Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico

About SWAIA:  

The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is a non-profit organization supporting Native American arts and culture. It creates economic and cultural opportunities for Native American artists by producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market, the biggest and most prestigious Indian art event in the world since 1922; cultivating excellence and innovation across traditional and non-traditional art forms; and developing programs and events that support, promote, and honor Native artists year-round. swaia.org 

About Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection:
A legendary landmark re-imagined, Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection is a luxurious and soulful retreat steeped in heritage in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Set on 317 secluded acres bordering Santa Fe National Forest and just minutes from downtown, the 100-room resort invites guests to connect with nature with organic adobe architecture that invokes rich New Mexican heritage and conveys a genuine sense of place. Amenities include a collection of exhilarating outdoor experiences, horse stables, fitness center, pool, onsite stream for fly fishing casting lessons, healing arts experiences at Stream Dance Spa and several dining venues, including the resort’s signature restaurant SkyFire. Expansive indoor and outdoor event space includes The Hall with 3,200 square-feet of meeting space and the historic Lamy Chapel and Garden, featuring dramatic views of the Tesuque Valley. A restored Bunkhouse is ideal for family gatherings with 12 individual bedrooms and personal butler service.

For more information: aubergeresorts.com/bishopslodge/

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This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead

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