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Acoma designer wins top honor at Phoenix Fashion Week

Colton Shone
October 17, 2017 06:30 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A Native American fashion designer from New Mexico has taken top honors on a huge platform.

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Designer Loren Aragon was one of 15 designers selected from 300 applicants to learn how to grow his fashion business ACONAV and to show his line at Phoenix Fashion Week. He took home the top designer title earlier this month.

His mission is to tell Native people's stories respectfully and "educate people along the way," he said

"We're not just about the feathers and fringe as others portray us as," Aragon continued.

Aragon uses culturally significant patterns to tell his people's story through fashion. He intricately stitched together each dress, and each one tells a story.

"This is titled 'Emergence Collection' for the reason that our story talks about us rising up from the ground," he said. "And it's also to me, a symbolism as myself rising as a designer."

Aragon is from the Acoma Pueblo. He explains the use of the designs used on pottery and its translation into fashion Aragon wasn't always a designer. He was an engineer until he learned this craft four years ago.  

He wants to grow his line and to inspire other Native Americans to use traditional art for their own creative uses. The Acoma pinch pot, for example, served as the inspiration for one dress.

"It's a rare collection of pots that I discovered when I was at the School of Advanced Research," he said. "The coiling that's done is pinched together to create the form."

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Colton Shone

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