Smithsonian Voices

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Norma Baker–Flying Horse (third from left) with models wearing her Red Berry Woman designs. Paris Fashion Week, March 2019. (Ulla Couture Photography)

"A Lot of Our Traditional Clothing, We Had to Fight to Keep"—Fashion Designer Norma Baker–Flying Horse

Designer Norma Baker–Flying Horse (enrolled citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation) grew up loving toy high heels and secondhand accessories. "I was the most stylish six-year-old on the cattle ranch," she says. This year, Paris Fashion Week featured her work. "To be a Native American designer showing for the Fashion Week Studio was amazing. I felt like a childhood dream had come true." Happy Women's History Month!