Nez Percé artist, Dress, 1890s. Leather, glass beads, and fur; 57 x 55 in. Denver Art Museum: The L.D. and Ruth Bax Collection, 1985.42
The artist who created this fancy dress used a variety of decorative techniques to make it as attractive as possible. The foundation is soft deerskin. Rows of colorful glass beads undulate across the shoulders. Layers of long fringe at the bodice, sides, and bottom of the skirt intensify the wearer's movements. As a final touch the artist left the tail of the deer as an extra element at the neckline.