NEWS_Sealaska Heritage to host Native fashion pop-up boutique

NEWS_Sealaska Heritage to host Native fashion pop-up boutique

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Kathy Dye
Kathy Dye
Published On: December 22nd, 2020

Boutique to showcase designers to be featured at SHI’s Tináa Art Auction

September 19, 2017


Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will host a pop-up boutique in Juneau featuring pieces from popular designers of fashion inspired by Native designs.

The event is a rare opportunity for people to shop fashions directly from designers who will be featured in SHI’s upcoming Tináa Art Auction Native Fashion Show.

“You might have seen these designers featured in fashion shows, magazines or online. Now is your chance to meet the designers and try on their work prior to our Tináa Native Fashion Show,” said SHI President Rosita Worl.

The event will include designers Dorothy Grant, Pamela Baker and Crystal Worl and feature jewelry, high fashion gala dresses, leggings and shirts that celebrate and support Native style. Designers also will be taking custom orders.

The event is scheduled from noon-6:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 28, at SHI’s Walter Soboleff Building lobby in Juneau. It’s free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. The pop-up boutique precedes the art auction and fashion show, which is scheduled Friday, Sept. 29 at Centennial Hall. 

About the Designers

Dorothy Grant: Apparel/High Fashion

Internationally renowned fashion designer and Haida artist Dorothy Grant’s strong connection to her culture and Haida identity has been the driving creative force and her foundation as a fashion designer for the past thirty-two years. In 1988, Grant became the first to merge Haida art and fashion utilizing her formal training at the Helen Lefeaux School of Fashion Design.

Dorothy believes that her clothing embodies the Haida philosophy Yaagudaang. This is the driving force behind her clothing designs and it means, “empowerment, pride and feeling good about oneself.”

Grant’s recent achievements include dressing Duane Howard, aka Elk Dog, in the movie “The Revenant” for his walk on the 2016 Oscars Red Carpet.  Her last award was the highly esteemed  Order of Canada,  which is a recognition for her contribution to the fashion industry in Canada and her work as a mentor to youth.


Pamela Baker: Jewelry and High Fashion Custom Orders

Pam is from Kwaguilth ancestry on her mother’s side, and from Sqaumish ancestry on her father’s. Many years ago, Pam began a lifelong search to provide First Nations people a stage to showcase their culture. As a single mother, she moved her two children down to Los Angeles, California, to study at Otis College of Art and Design where she obtained her degree in fashion design. Her newly acquired degree provided her with the technical skills and business acumen to focus her efforts on designing a future that would honor her ancestors.

In order to develop a viable long-term business that included employing First Nations people, she started creating her own unique fashion and jewelry with First Nation designs. It was then that Touch of Culture was reborn as TOC (Touch of Culture) Legends, and most recently she founded Copperknot Jewelry, all locally made.


Crystal Worl: Jewelry and Apparel

Crystal Rose Demientieff Worl is Tlingit Athabascan from the Raven moiety, Sockeye Clan, from the Raven House.  She is a child of a Thunderbird and from the Chilkat region in Southeast Alaska.  From her mother’s side, she is Deg Hit’an Athabascan from Fairbanks Alaska.  In 2013 Crystal earned a bachelor’s of fine art in studio arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Crystal experiments with printmaking, painting, and silversmithing.  She recently began working with fish skin, seal gut, and furs. Crystal studies traditional Tlingit formline design and Athabascan beadwork patterns.  Her work explores the relationships and bonds between her people, the land, and the animals.


Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. SHI also conducts social scientific and public policy research and advocacy that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars, a Native Artist Committee and a Southeast Regional Language Committee. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.

CONTACT: Rosita Worl, SHI President, 907.463.4844

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