Angela Howe-Parrish poses in Paris for Indigenous Trend Week.

When Angela Howe-Parrish didn’t hear something concerning her software to a vogue present in Paris, she assumed she wasn’t chosen.

“I type of gave up,” she mentioned.

However at some point in June, Howe-Parrish opened an e mail she by no means thought she’d obtain.

She had been accepted to take part within the third annual Paris Indigenous Trend Week, an occasion that has offered Indigenous designers with a worldwide platform, serving to them break into the mainstream vogue trade.

Howe-Parrish printed the e-mail instantly. She sat at a desk in her bed room in Billings holding the print copy and browse it once more.

Then she rushed to inform her husband, Christian Parrish Takes the Gun, additionally recognized to many because the rapper “Supaman.”

“Oh my gosh!” she advised him. “My goals are coming true.”

Howe-Parrish started to cry. It didn’t really feel actual.

‘Be prepared’

Trend is in Howe-Parrish’s blood.

She grew up studying from her mom, Donna Howe, who was a seamstress and residential economics trainer. To make some extra cash, Donna began a facet hustle stitching garments with Native designs. She named her model Choke Cherry Creek, after what the Crow folks used to name the Bozeman space.

When Howe-Parrish was in eighth grade, her mom taught at Loads Coups Excessive College in Pryor. As a result of the varsity was small — now serving about 70 college students — Howe-Parrish was allowed to attend promenade.

Howe-Parrish was thrilled to showcase her new abilities. She sewed her personal gown, full with a black, shiny bodice prime and a flared metallic midi skirt with black lace element.


Angela Howe-Parrish stands along with her mom, Donna Howe, carrying a promenade gown that she sewed herself. 

Howe-Parrish’s grandmothers and aunts had been glorious beaders, and when Howe-Parrish was about 19 or 20, she was determined to be taught from them.

“I keep in mind my grandmother gave me a medallion that was half accomplished, and he or she mentioned, ‘You bead the remainder of this simply how I beaded the primary half,’” Howe-Parrish recalled. “The standard of her beadwork was simply beautiful. It was good. I needed to take mine out and redo it a number of occasions. However that’s how I realized.”

As she grew older, Howe-Parrish, who’s Crow and a Blackfeet descendant, labored in gross sales and as an entrepreneur, and he or she continued to stitch and bead for enjoyable. She helped design some objects for Good Drugs Clothes, a part of her husband’s model. She made some regalia. She sewed some outfits for herself for occasions. And he or she beaded for her relations.

Over time, family and friends inspired Howe-Parrish, now in her 40s, to promote and showcase her work. Howe-Parrish entertained the thought, but it surely didn’t develop into actual till her good friend Cora Chandler approached her with a chance.

Chandler helped manage the primary annual Massive Sky Indigenous Girls in Trend and Artwork Gala in April.

“I keep in mind she advised me, ‘I’m planning this. I would like you to be a part of it. So be prepared,’” Howe-Parrish recalled, including that, on the time, she feared she wasn’t as much as the job.

However Howe-Parrish was prepared. It was her first vogue present, and he or she showcased 12 appears. Greater than 500 folks had been in attendance.

The occasion was a hit. Individuals wished to comply with Howe-Parrish. Group members congratulated her. They wished to purchase her work. They wished to know the place she’d go subsequent. Howe-Parrish was thrilled.

Howe-Parrish started that includes her work in additional exhibits. And just a little greater than a month later in Could, along with her mom’s permission, Howe-Parrish launched Choke Cherry Creek, an organization that includes her modern Apsáalooke, or Crow, designs.  


In September, Howe-Parrish and her household, flew from Montana to Paris so she may present her work at Indigenous Trend Week. A few dozen different Native designers participated, and he or she was the one Montana designer there.

Howe-Parrish created 16 appears for the present in a set referred to as, “Honoring My Moms and Grandmothers.” About half of the items had been “ready-to-wear” appears, and half had been couture. All the outfits featured modern Apsáalooke designs and geometric shapes. The gathering featured a gold gown with imitation elk enamel, which Howe-Parrish calls her “showstopper.”


Corrin Lamere poses carrying Angela Howe-Parrish’s gold, show-stopping gown at Paris Indigenous Trend Week.

Howe-Parrish mentioned Indigenous fashions walked within the present, and each make-up artist was Indigenous as effectively. Howe’s 13-year-old son Brayden modeled within the present, and her older son Samuel’s girlfriend, Corrin Lamere, wore the “show-stopping” gown.

“It was such a excessive for me,” Howe-Parrish mentioned. “It’s superb we’re in these areas. Native illustration is necessary. You should use this platform as a chance to share who we’re, that we’re nonetheless right here and that we now have our stunning tradition. It’s actually particular. There’s a lot that means in each bit. That’s what I like about it.”

Howe-Parrish mentioned the style world has opened doorways. Her enterprise has develop into more and more in style and he or she fields extra clothes orders and vogue present invitations. Her success within the trade has introduced alternatives to her group as effectively.


Angela Howe-Parrish (proper) poses with a mannequin (left) at Paris Indigenous Trend Week.

“Individuals had been asking me if Corrin was signed with an company,” she mentioned. “It’s so superior to see and have that impression. Occasions like this could encourage somebody to stitch or bead or create one thing for themselves. It’s been the most important pleasure.”

Howe-Parrish hopes to proceed to encourage and encourage native youth. This month, she plans to go to St. Labre Indian College in Ashland and Lodge Grass Public Colleges to talk with college students about vogue, self-love and confidence.

“I like going to those communities and utilizing younger folks in my vogue exhibits,” she mentioned. “I like placing them in my garments and seeing their confidence enhance realizing that the garments have that means and tribal designs. They take satisfaction in that. They prefer it. And I like seeing their pleasure.”

Howe-Parrish is hoping to launch her new “Resiliency Assortment” in November. The road will embody males’s put on, informal put on and clothes — all full with Crow colours and geometric patterns.

For extra info, go to Choke Cherry Creek on Fb or

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