An homage to the artistry of the Apache, Hopi, Diné, Pueblo, Zuni from the southwestern United States.
The artistry, inventiveness and ancient cultural heritage of peoples around the world have long been a source of inspiration for the fashion industry.
I saw a film from the 60's that documented the knowledge, significance and creation of different hairstyles as they were passed down from mother to daughter. Hair presented the chronicle of the life of an individual: victories, injuries, family, the death of a loved one, status and social standing, one's protective animal symbol.
I have always been captivated by my visits to these areas, the images of Edward S. Curtis and the culture and characters explored in the detective mysteries of Tony Hillerman.
One of my favorite hairstyles is the "squash blossom" or "butterfly whorl"- a traditional Hopi hairstyle that was worn by unmarried Hopi women.
For Alexander McQueen/Givenchy Haute Couture Automne/Hiver 1997-1998, he had proposed Native American inspired hairstyles, the "butterfly whorl" always at top of my list was a source of endless inspiration.
My other favorites from their cultural traditions that have inspired endless creative variations are:
- shoulder-length hair with cloth bandana's
- braids and ornamental hair dressings
- hair twisted into long hair-rolls much like dread-locks, often covered in clay that is then painted
The "Chongo" (Tsiiyéél in Diné and Hömsoma in Hopi) is one of styles that has also been inspiration for a popular trend in fashion magazines and on the street today.