Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Ushering in a New Native Chic:
Pilar Agoyo

Jacket by Pilar Agoyo (San Juan), ca. 1990. This brightly colored cropped jacket features various star designs; Agoyo’s name means ‘star’ in her Native language. Cotton fabric and paint. Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. SJ-58.

Pilar Agoyo (San Juan) studied at IAIA under Wendy Ponca and was an active member of the Native Uprising collective. She currently creates fashion designs, but also works as a costume designer for films. She is known for her use of unusual materials, bold designs, and theatrical elements that add drama to the regular fashion show format.