Curated by the Legacy Chair in Modern and Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest and Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Studies Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer in consultation with Yolonda Skelton.
This exhibition showcases the high fashion designs by contemporary Gitxan couturier Sug-ii-t Lukxs (Yolonda Skelton). Her textile art is inspired and created from traditional oral stories told to her by her late maternal grandmother Na-gwa (Lily Jackson) and the 1960s fashion of movie star Audrey Hepburn. Sug-ii-t Lukxs’ one-of-a-kind modern robes of power combine the aesthetic beauty of her culture with her love of fashion. Her work aims to strengthen private cultural property rights and to share teachings that benefit Indigenous knowledge and oral traditions, so that they may finally have a place in our contemporary world.
Image: Photo by Peter Jensen, Sug-ii-t Lukxs Design, Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week 2017.