Indigenous model and activist Quannah Chasinghorse attended the 2022 Met Gala with a glamorous look celebrating her Indigenous community. The 19-year-old, who is of the Oglala Lakota and Hän Gwich’in tribes, walked the red carpet wearing a stunning aqua tulle A-line dress upcycled by Parung Gurung and a collection of Aboriginal-made accessories.
Chasinghorse went viral at last year’s Met Gala for a gold and turquoise dress dedicated to Indigenous culture and style. For this year’s event, she wanted a dress that would showcase the artistry of the jewelry she would wear, which brought her to New York-based designer Parung Gurung. “[Prabal Gurung] Mahsi’choo (thank you so much) for inviting me, dressing me up in this beautiful dress and making me feel like royalty,” Chasinghorse said via instagram. “The fact that you wanted me to feel seen with this year’s theme means the world to me because Indigenous peoples have been overlooked and misrepresented (let alone represented at all). Prabal wanted the jewelry to be the big moment, as the theme was “In America: An Anthology of Fashion – The Golden Age”.
Indeed, it was hard to look away from the ornate white and red collar adorning Chasinghorse’s neck and shoulders, which featured a variety of meaningful materials. “The jewels were handmade by Antelope Women Designs, and they followed the theme perfectly,” continues Chasinghorse. “Made with elements of the earth that my people have used for millennia, Dentalium shells, porcupine quills, and tanned/smoked hide. The piece was put together so quickly and it was beyond anything I could have imagined and I’m honored. The beading included tepees and traditional colors, to make me feel less alone and somehow surrounded by my community. The necklace was completed with matching armbands and earrings, and two eagle feathers donated by indigenous peoples incorporated into her braided headdress.
Lenise Omeasoo, a Blackfoot and Cree artist, is the owner and creator behind drawings of antelope women, which produced Chasinghorse props made its Met Gala debut. She wanted to create jewelry that reflected Chasinghorse’s vision of an Aboriginal take on the theme of golden glamour. “As the days went by, I could see my design come to life…with the reality that it was all real…When creating this piece, I was inspired by our Indigenous communities,” said Antelope Women designs in one Instagram post. “Each beaded teepee on her collar represents the love and support of her community. It was also my first feathered piece… May she inspire many and break countless other boundaries in the fashion world. I am so honored to accessorize [Quannah Chasinghorse]!”
Once again, Chasinghorse created a space for Indigenous beauty, style and culture at the Met Gala with their signature look born from collaboration and community.
Model and Indigenous activist Quannah Chasinghorse returned to the Met Gala this year wearing an upcycled blue tulle A-line dress designed by New York designer Prabal Gurung.
Chasinghorse completed her look with a number of accessories celebrating the Indigenous community.
The striking beaded necklace is made by Lenise Omeasoo, a Blackfoot and Cree artist better known as Antelope Women Designs.
Watch this video to see how Antelope Women Designs created Chasinghorse’s stunning statement necklace:
All images via Getty Images, the Met Gala and Antelope Women Designs.
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