Style steeped in tradition.
The first thing people notice about Leslie Deer’s designer garments is the influences of her Mvskoke people and their ancestors, the Moundbuilders. Leslie’s designs reflect classic southeastern tribal iconography infused with her 12-year career as an international professional dancer with the American Indian Dance Theatre company. She utilizes intricate applique, bright color combinations, curvilinear lines, and traditional iconography– foundational to southeastern tribal and Moundbuilder motifs. Leslie describes her garments as story tellers and envisions each garment being handed down from generation to generation. She prefers to use natural fibers and strives to be as sustainable as possible by producing very limited editions of her garments and maximizing use of fabric scraps.
L A Deer Apparel pieces have been acquired by a wide range of collectors, ranging from the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC to world renown pow wow singers, Northern Wind.
Leslie has been incorporating applique ribbonwork art in her own dance regalia for over 20 years – ever since she learned this technique from two Sac & Fox women in her East-Central Oklahoma community. She furthered her design education at Oklahoma State University, from which she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Apparel Design and Production in May 2015.