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Pamela Baker, 2019 SWAIA Fashion Show

Himikalas/Pamela Baker is from Kwaguilth/Tlingit/Haida ancestry on her mother’s side, and from Sqaumish ancestry on her fathers. Many years ago, she began a lifelong search to provide First Nations people a stage to showcase their culture and mentor Indigenous youth. As a single mother, Baker moved with her two children to Los Angeles, California to study at Otis College of Art and Design where she obtained a degree in Fashion Design. Her newly acquired degree provided her with the technical skills and business acumen to focus on designing a future honouring her ancestors. Baker started creating her own unique fashion and jewelry with First Nation West Coast design. It is then that Touch of Culture was developed as TOC Legends and most recently Copperknot Jewelry.

Lesley Hampton, 2019 SWAIA Fashion Show

Lesley Hampton was a ‘third culture kid’ and her early life was one of constant relocation. Formative years spent in Canada’s Arctic and Atlantic, Australia, England, Indonesia, and New Caledonia, added to her quest to establish a personal and cultural identity. Lesley defines herself through the amalgamation

of the indigeneity, to her Anishinaabe and Mohawk heritage, as well as, her early nomadic upbringing. Becoming a nomad through experiences with boarding school, international school, adoption, and cross-cultural experiences, Lesley nurtured a passion for socio-cultural concepts, to help define her identity, and reconnect with her indigenous roots.

Founded on the principles of inclusivity, identity, awareness, and heritage, the LESLEY HAMPTON brand’s inspiration is defined by the characteristics developed from being a Third Culture Kid and critiques their application in present day society in fashion, media, and pop culture. Diversity is at the core of every piece created by LESLEY HAMPTON; with a focus on evening-wear and occasion-wear. The brand draws inspiration from notations that embody inclusivity, and broader perceptions of beauty that leads to mental health awareness and body-positive advocacy.

Margaret Roach Wheeler, 2019 SWAIA Fashion Show

Margaret Roach Wheeler is a Native American of Chickasaw-Choctaw descent, who weaves contemporary garments based on American Indian costumes. Wheeler was one of four Native American fashion designers chosen to speak at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York. She was the recipient of the 2000 Artist-in-Residence program with the Smithsonian. Her work was included in the following exhibitions, Changing Hands: Art without Reservation, The Museum of Art and Design in NYC, Native Fashion Now, The Peabody Museum in Salem, MA, Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Art curated by Bobby Martin and Tony Tiger, and Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art curated by Manuela Well-Off-Man with a grant from the Chickasaw Nation. Wheeler manages Mahota Studios Handwovens at the Artesian Gallery and Studios in Sulphur, OK. She is the Founder and President of Mahota Textiles, LLC, a newly established textile business with the Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce in Sulphur, OK

Delina White, 2019 SWAIA Fashion Show

Himikalas/Pamela Baker is from Kwaguilth/Tlingit/Haida ancestry on her mother’s side, and from Sqaumish ancestry on her fathers. Many years ago, she began a lifelong search to provide First Nations people a stage to showcase their culture and mentor Indigenous youth. As a single mother, Baker moved with her two children to Los Angeles, California to …

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