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Join us for an Exclusive Runway Look at Indigenous Fashion Icons

  • Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), Textile, ink on cotton, 106.75 x 36.5in.
  • Courtesy of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM: Che-9


The Experience

A combined passion for fashion, history, and preservation inspire the first fashion show at Bishops Lodge, in partnership with SWAIA and Amber-Dawn Bear Robe.

  • Friday, September 30th
  • 3:00pm reception | 4:00pm show begins
  • Located on the Plaza below SkyFire


The show will feature Lloyd Kiva New fashion from the archives of collectors Robert Black and Doreen Picerne. The pieces featured on the runway tell his story through the use of color, pattern, style and design.

Amber Dawn Bear Robe

THE CURATOR | Amber Dawn Bear Robe

Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Siksika Nation) is Assistant Faculty of Art History in the Museum Studies department at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), Santa Fe, NM and Fashion Show Program Director for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), Santa Fe, NM. Bear Robe achieved an MA in American Indian Studies and a second MA in Art History, both from the University of Arizona. Regional Emmys were awarded to Bear Robe, in 2020 and 2021, as producer for two documentary short films on Indigenous fashion. She is an acting trustee for the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) board, CO, and the Wheelwright Museum board, NM, and sits on the curatorial committee for Vital Spaces, NM.
  • A percentage of the proceeds from this event will go to SWAIA.

Join us

Enjoy spirited beverages and an intimate catwalk featuring the vintage collections of Lloyd Kiva New and Wendy Ponca


Indigenous fashion has recently caught the eye of Native art enthusiasts, curators, and a niche general public. Despite this increased interest in the original design language of America, Native designers are neither new nor an anomaly.

The Designer

Image courtesy of IAIA Archives, Santa Fe, NM

Lloyd Henri “Kiva” New

  • New was a pioneer of modern Native American fashion design and a cofounder and president emeritus of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Born in 1916, “Kiva” New (Cherokee), is best known for developing interesting concepts in textiles and culturally-based education for students at IAIA during the 1960s and 70s.

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

SkyFire at Bishop's Lodge
SkyFire at Bishop's Lodge

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