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Alaska Blooms in the Garden of Time

The 2024 Met Gala showcased “Garden of Time”-themed fashion. A notable attendee was model and actress Quannah Chasinghorse, a member of the Alaska-based Hän Gwich’in tribe. She has attended the Met three times and always makes a commitment to represent her heritage. This year, she worked with Tlingit artist, Heather Dixon, who designed the forget-me-not flower accessories, including a belt, earrings, and hair pieces. Dixon also incorporated caribou hair and moose hide.

In an interview, Chasinghorse said, “‘Living in Alaska, I’ve probably found between five to 10 forget-me-nots in my entire lifetime. That’s how rare they are,” Chasinghorse says of the Alaskan state flower. “They are a tiny, delicate flower. They’re really low to the ground and are so beautiful and have this pretty blue color… When you find and see them, it’s like a rare delicacy.”

Image at top: Quannah Chasinghorse at the Met Gala. Hair by Paula Peralta, make-up by Katey Denno, and accessories by Heather Dickson. Photo courtesy of Rafael S. Oropeza, used with permission. (Instagram handle: @sebasoropeza)

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