Tribal Fashion: Native Americans
The second show, with Mary Hone as guest, is about her, as a designer of Native American-inspired beaded pet and people fashion, her inspiration, her fascination with the Native American culture, her process.
The shot of the Pomeranian dog wearing the triangular shape beadwork vest is Sophia Loren, a well known fashionista on the fashion show circuit in both LA and NY. Mary custom made this vest for her.
I have a great appreciation for Native American art and culture. I am inspired by the beauty and artistry, the peaceful way they lived, and their connection to mother earth. Everyday I strive to live my life in a way that exemplifies that ideal. I have spent a lifetime studying and learning about the Native American culture, admiring the use of art in their everyday lives, and the beauty and serenity it embraces.
I taught myself how to bead several years ago, but never really did anything with it. Al and I met in 2006 and we started going to mountain man rendezvous. This reignited my passion for beadwork and leather work. I made myself a buckskin dress, bags, leggings the whole outfit. When we got married, we wanted to wear our mountain man clothes and I made a white buckskin wedding dress and moccasins.