Morning Brew: Diversity in Fashion

Join AIGA Colorado for our virtual Morning Brew Series! It is more important than ever to stay connected so join us for a short 30 minute presentation from industry professionals regarding the topics of health, the future of design, or community.

Now the Good Stuff....

There is an importance of diversifying fashion--the stronger focus of representation of POC, plus size, sexual orientations, and genders. Although there have been significant changes in promoting diversity in fashion, there’s still much work to do, mainly for Indigenous fashion. In the realm of mainstream fashion, there are many challenges that Indigenous people still face today. And no one understands these challenges better than Kelly Holmes, who’s committed to strengthening the impact and influence of Indigenous Fashion around the world by supporting the next generation of Indigenous fashion talents.

Kelly Holmes saw a need for a platform for Native Americans to showcase their talents and skills in a positive light, specifically for Fashion Designers and Models. Armed with her experience in fashion and a passion for creativity, Kelly founded the first Native American Fashion Magazine in 2012. Throughout her journey, Kelly has realized the lack of opportunities and resources for Native Americans to grow and explore their careers in fashion. Kelly talks about the importance of diversity in fashion, and how she's committed to strengthening the impact and influence of Indigenous Fashion around the world by supporting the next generation of Indigenous fashion talents with her companies Native Max New Media and Native Fashion in the City.

In this chat, you'll learn about the importance of diversity in fashion and most importantly, steps of action you can take.

Speaker Bio:

Kelly Holmes, Lakota from the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, calls herself an inspirational storyteller, in hopes to strengthen connections to culture and identity by inspiring and empowering readers while sharing stories with the world. Kelly is the founder and President of Native Max New Media, an award-winning global multimedia brand with a constellation of platforms and networks that promotes Indigenous talent across print, digital, web, social media, mobile, video, events, e-commerce, and partnerships. She is also editor-in-chief of Native Max Magazine, a glossy publication that features the fashion, culture, and lifestyle of Native American and First Nations people. The idea behind the formation of Native Max Magazine was the brainchild of Kelly. After working as a model, writer, designer, and stylist, Kelly decided to create her own business. Kelly felt that by launching a magazine that features Native talent she can better promote self-esteem, self-respect, and pride in Native communities.

Connect with Kelly:

  • Website: https://nativemaxmagazine.com
  • Facebook: https://facebook.com/nativemax
  • Instagram: https://instagram.com/nativemaxmag
  • Instagram: https://instagram.com/kellycamilleholmes

For This Event:

We are asking for a suggested donation of $5.00 and will be donating 50% of the proceeds to our speakers and partners for Morning Brew. The remaining 50% will go to the AIGA Colorado Chapter to help with our overhead costs, future programming, and scholarships for students during this time.

This presentation will be recorded and sent to everyone who has registered in a recap email.

Videos and mics will be muted for all attendees throughout the call. If you have any questions, please add them in the Q & A in Zoom. We’ll stay on the call for about 10 minutes afterward to answer questions.

To keep the conversation going afterwards, please join our AIGA Colorado Slack Channel #morning-brew.

A few house rules:

Given the short time of these presentations, please make sure your camera and microphone are turned off. Q & A’s at the end will be taken via Zoom Chat. Please note, we will be recording this session for our community members later, including Q & A's. If you would rather have a private discussion, feel free to contact us after we’ve ended the recording.

Feel free to sit back, sip your morning brew, and enjoy!

When & Where
Thu, Sep 3, 2020 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM MDT