Just as Columbus-era Native Americans developed techniques for working with the colorful Venetian beads that they acquired through trade, the skills of their descendants have also evolved to reflect the latest innovations. In Wendy Ponca’s dresses that are inspired by the “Sky World,” she blends fox fur and bald eagle feathers with crystals and Mylar, a reflective silver material found in space shuttles.
“Looking back in History, we see that the origins of fashion portray the character of a world built by manual techniques and natural fibers. Design was carried out as a reflection of culture and society. These are the images of an extinct world we need to recover.” – Adriana Marina,