there are NO WORDS to describe how fucking gorgeous these outfits are. the detail, the use of color, the intricate embroidery, the wealth and richness of detail. inspiring, infinitely. love the geometric aesthetic, variety of pattern, repetitive beading, thick sashes, and earthy color palette. i would so completely wear the last dress in this series. minus the complicated headpiece.
most of the outfits are from the late 19th century and from the pacific northwest (montana, south dakota, idaho). all images are part of the exhibit Identity By Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women’s Dresses. i only wish that i could see these in person and admire the artistry up close. [all images via smithsonian]