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Indigenous Luxury Fashion Designers Turn Expectations Upside Down

From HuffPost | Article by Emma Paling | August 12, 2018

High fashion designers like Angela DeMontigny and Patricia Michaels challenge the misconception that native design isn’t “real” fashion.

Noted fashion designer Patricia Michaels planned to unveil a new collection for full-figured women at this year’s Indian Market. But her plan washed away down the Santa Fe River. Like so many other Santa Feans, Michaels — and her studio on Camino Carlos Rey, just north of Cerrillos Road — fell victim to the July 23 rainstorm that left the city a big, muddy mess. “Sometimes I’m really strong about it; sometimes I’m numb,” Michaels said as she surveyed the damage to her studio.


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