the official challenge description:
"Okay so this one is a bit serious even in the title but our monthly challenge is based around the First Nations of North America. Mostly, the Navajo. During WWII they dedicated the use of their language to creating a code that could not be broken, saving unknown numbers of lives. Not mentioned often, and even when they are, they're not really highlighted for their service, the Navajo Code Talkers are your inspiration...
WWII era (1940's)
You can expand on the designs above but you must create three looks the encompass these, at least. Not just any looks - One military ball look, one business look, and one Memorial Day weekend look."
Alright, from my research:
WW2 trending colors were either austere or patriotic, the main silhouette of the fashions were squared shoulders, small waist, narrow hips.
The Navajo were known for their textile weavings (that's where the designs that are trending right now came from). Traditional jewelry are comprised with beautiful silver and turquoise jewelry (they also wore coral and earth tones, but the are mostly known for silver and turquoise).
Also, on a side note, to avoid cultural appropriation of the Navajo people, if I were making these in real life, I would consult and ask for permission to create anything Navajo inspired and/or use actual fabrics/jewelry created by them.
Memorial Day: Flag red boat neck top with squared (shoulder padded) shirt with flutter half-sleeves (silhouette is 40s era). It's tucked into Navajo patterned bermudas (the pattern I used is based on the Storm Pattern Rug, of the Cameron and Western Reservation region link here www.camerontradingpost.com/nav…
). Worn with traditional turquoise Squash Blossom necklace, and "stone" (fake beads) sandals in a coral.
Business: a 1940s military inspired blazer (got dem shoulders, the color, the gold buttons), with 3/4 length sleeves and a peplum, with a sheer cream blouse underneath, that's has turquoise+silver collar tips, worn over a Navajo design structural bodice underneath (printed with Floor Rug pattern by Daisy Tagelchee link here www.collectorsguide.com/fa/fa0…
. the skirt is pleated knee length skirt (i decided not to do a pencil, which would exaggerate the hips instead of make them seem narrow), the shoes are a camo print ;D
Military Ball: so military ball attire is often very black tie, not very flashy (no patterns, too many embellishments, not too sexy), so I opted for a simple fitted long gown, that features an interesting neckline (inspired by the military stripes on 1940s uniform), the top detailing actually features navajo designs (based of Pictorial pattern, link here www.bairsindiantradingco.com/N…
. accessories is a simple small silver clutch with turquoise beading
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