Dancing Storm Designs
Livia Manywounds (Blackfoot Woman) hails from the TsuuT'ina (Dene) and Siksika (Blackfoot) Nations in Treaty 7 territory located in Southern, Alberta, Canada. Livia is a first generation Business Owner, Designer, Emcee, and Photographer. This multi talented entrepreneur is a Broadcasting Graduate from Mount Royal University and former CBC Reporter. Livia creates pieces rooted deep in her culture with a focus on Indigenous Haute Couture and wearable art. She is an Indigenous business award winner, receiving the 2019 Community Futures Treaty 7 Indigenous Business Builders Series recognition award. Livia opened the 2019 Otahpiaaki Fashion show with her Winter Count Collection. She was featured at the 2022 Indigenous Fashion Arts Festival (IFA) and featured in the Toronto Star and The Kit Magazine’s as one of four Indigenous Fashion Designers changing the game of Fashion.
The Globe and Mail featured her story, healing through the threads – grief and creating fashion. CBC Calgary News highlighted Livia as one of few Indigenous Designers gaining recognition on international runways. This multi talented entrepreneur was one of ten selected across Canada for a one of kind Indigenous Haute Couture Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in 2022. Now, Livia has retired her brand Dancing Storm Designs and is continuing forward as Livia Manywounds - Designer, Emcee, & Photographer.
This rising artisan has combined her passion for fashion with gift of voice and capturing memories. Her new slogan, “Art is universal in telling our stories”.