Fashion Design by
Originally from Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario and now living in the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, nestled on the largest freshwater island in the world-Manitoulin Island Ontario, (First Nation) artist Bruno Henry continues to bring his artistic visions to life through photography, clothing, jewelry, stone carvings and other various crafts.
Described as a self-taught artist, inspired by the traditional look of his Native ancestors, Bruno is known for his classy and creative blending of modern adaptable styles with ancient designs and symbols. Most of his custom fit clothing designs are created using traditional materials like moose and deer hide stitched together using leather stitch-work instead of thread or sinew. Accentuating his designs are cotton and wool (clothing pieces) with embroidered artwork (of his own designs).
Sharing these unique creations with people has been a dedicated journey for Bruno. He has visited numerous communities locally, provincially and nationally, making new friends and networks along the way. His most recent showings were during the Top Native Model search at the 2007 CANAB Festival in Toronto and (the L'Oreal) Fashion Week (March of 2008) also in Toronto. Although significant in his continued journey, Bruno recalls other shows as, most memorable. The first being his big start in the fashion industry, an opportunity provided by FabOriginal Model Management (Barrie, ON) who showcased his clothing line at a prestigious show at Casino Rama (at the Mijikaning First Nation) (in Feb of 2007). It was through this show that he was first exposed to the impacts and true tough realities of the business side of design and fashion.
"SAY" Magazine Summer Issue 2008
I can't say it it enough and how important it is for our Native youth to keep our identity as First Nations and be proud of our heritage. This is where I feel I can help them, be it with mentoring them as up and coming designers or helping with their self-esteem through my photography.