Just read this People Magazine profile about Bethany Yellowtail (http://people.com/style/american-doers-b-yellowtail-designer-bethany-yellowtail/), and you’ll immediately understand why we’re so excited to have her as a keynote speaker at the 2017 Innovate Montana Symposium.
On July 12th Bethany Yellowtail will be taking center stage at IMS 2017 to tell her deep-Montana-roots-and-insanely-strong-bootstraps story. Bethany Yellowtail was first taught sewing from her Aunties and Grandmother growing up on the Crow reservation. She created her her own clothing brand, BYELLOWTAIL, in December 2014 and in 2015 she launched THE BYELLOWTAIL COLLECTIVE, a brand initiative that features art from Native American makers primarily from the Great Plains tribal regions.
Bethany is a rising star in the Los Angeles fashion scene, known for one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect her Northern Cheyenne and Crow tribes. She made that happen through a lot of talent, and even more determination - and very likely the work ethic she developed while growing up on her father’s cattle ranch. But, either way, it seems like her parents were on point when they gave her native name Ammaakealachehiibaachilakacheesh, which means ”Overcomes through Faith”.
Bethany attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in L.A., then began working with the fashion powerhouse BCBG Max Azaria Group. When she decided to start her own line, B.Yellowtail (https://www.byellowtail.com/), she worked as a barista to pay her bills and spent so much time building her dream that she barely slept.
Now Bethany’s known far and wide for blending patterns and styles influenced by her Crow and Northern Cheyenne heritage with modern fabrics and cuts. We love it. And so do celebrities like Shailene Woodley.
And we’re pretty sure you’ll feel the same adoration and admiration when you hear her speak. So join us in counting down the days to her keynote address at IMS 2017!
Register today to hear Bethany's story first hand at the Innovate Montana Symposium 2017.