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Photos: New Alaska Native fashions set to rule the runway

LaRita Latonken-Ward wears a traditional wedding Parky by Sheila Ezelle of Laura Wright Parky's.
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Angela Cox wears a modern silk Kuspuk by Carla Gingrich and earrings by Shaax Saani.
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Jen John wears a sealskin and silk dress by Shaax Saani.
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Brian Moon wears traditional dance wear by designer Lalla Williams.
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Diana Velez wears a kuspuk by Holly Nordlum, with a handbag, bracelet and earrings by Shaax Saani.
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Warren Jones and Angela Cox wear screen print designs by Ricky Tagaban, with traditional headdresses by Lalla Williams.
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Jen John wears a modern dress with seal skin and accessories by Shaax Saani.
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Phillip Blanchett wears a screenprint V-neck T-shirt by designer Ricky Tagaban.
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Craig Medred

A growing number of Alaska Native fashion designers are demonstrating cultural pride by putting contemporary spins on timeless materials, garments and symbols to create a uniquely hip, contemporary indigenous style. To showcase the new energy, Alaska Native Arts Foundation is organizing its first-ever “wearable art” fashion show, "Wear Art Thou?," scheduled for this fall in Anchorage.

“We’ll have a 60-foot runway, awesome lighting, indigenous music, and a sort of lounge-y seating array of half-circle tables,” said Trina Landlord, ANAF's executive director. “Basically, I’ve gone from not wanting to wear Native clothes as a kid to organizing a major fashion show of clothing by Native designers. A lot’s changed. The tone of how cool it is to be Native is shifting in the right direction, especially among the youth.”

Recommended: Glimpse the future of contemporary Alaska Native fashion.