For the third year, Alaska's Clare to Clare Fashion Show featured couture clothing designed and crafted by Alaska Native artists. Among the outfits created by members of the Alaska Native Arts Foundation were a salmon skin dress and a halibut skin motorcycle jacket.
“All of the exhibits we supplied this year had a water theme,” said Trina Landlord, the foundation’s executive director. “We had one outfit, a sea otter bikini, that got a lot of attention, and some people were worried about how it would be received.”
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Native artists are challenged to use traditional materials in a contemporary form and to create art beyond their comfort zone for the fashion show, which benefits The Clare House, a shelter for troubled women and homeless families in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city.