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Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 4:57 pm | Updated: 11:17 am, Wed Jan 15, 2014.

In Grey Mountain, Arizona, where Navajo beadworker and fashion designer Orlando Dugi found his first love — fashion — at age 4, the night sky is like a silver-studded swatch of black velvet draped from one end of the earth to the other. 

In a recent interview, Dugi recalled gazing at this baroque panorama during all-night ceremonies and waking to see shadowy figures surrounding him, the firelight dancing off their silver jewelry, making them sparkle in the moonlight. It was here, in the lavish Navajo skirts and blouses and opulent jewelry, that Dugi developed a fascination with the textures of cloth, the drape of a silhouette and the experience of adornment. 

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