One designer was Mildred Carpenter. Originally from the Great Cheyenne River Sioux Nation in Eagle Butte, SD, Carpenter creates dresses in vibrant colors and mesmerizing combinations that fuse Western wear with powwow chic and high fashion for her label, MILDJ.
Mildred Carpenter won the highest award at the Cody High Style show for Peoples Choice 2012. Last weekend, she also won the 2012 He Sapa Style Show Designer of the Year award in Rapid City for the second year in a row. Carpenter's designs also include adorable children's clothing, and she's quick to include our youth on the runway:
|Adorable kids clothing|
|Turquoise blue cocktail style dress paired with a jacket.|
|Vibrant red strapless top and fire colored blanket pattern|
mini paired with a striking beaded choker necklace.
|Blue dress with front design embellished with flowing ribbon work.|
|Autumn hues are highlighted in this dress and Pendleton bolero,|
paired with a modern concho belt and beaded choker statement necklace.
|Carpenter gives a wave to the audience for the finale.|
|Mildred Carpenter with models at the He Sapa fashion show, 2012.|