Clare to Clare is a fashion show for a cause. All proceeds benefit Clare House, a 24-hour emergency shelter for women and children. Alaska Native Arts Foundation modeled parky's from the Heritage Collection designed by Sheila Ezelle (Inupiat/Fairbanks). Sheila makes wearable Alaskan art -- summer and winter parky's -- that are designed to be functional and warm and where beautiful is a bonus. Sheila loves taking different textures, colors and patterns with trims, furs and fabrics to create wearable art. Sheila has been making parky's since she could stretch and reach the pedal on a sewing machine.
"I was honored to have my parky's featured at the Clare to Clare fashion show. It was exciting seeing them worn on the runway by the very handsome men and beautiful women who were also donating their time and professionalism to the Foundation. The Clare to Clare fashion show is such a wonderful benefit with the proceeds going to the emergency shelter for women and children. I was pleased to be able to help raise funds for such a worthy cause," said Sheila.
In the fashion show, seven Alaska Native models showcased Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian; Inupiat; Aleut; and Yup'ik inspired parky's. Sheila learned the art from her grandmother, Laura Wright. The business established in 1947, they have made parky's for Elvis Presley, Burl Ives and Willie Nelson; groups such as the Winter Olympic Committee in 1988; and the Alaska Democratic Convention Delegates for the 50th Anniversary Statehood. Visit the gallery to see the beautiful parky's!
Chris Bryant and Jessica Fulton
Robyn Ray and Jessica Fulton