About the Designer
Indigenous Designer Livia Manywounds (Blackfoot Woman) is from the TsuuT'ina and Siksika Nations located in Southern, Alberta, Canada. She is the owner and founder of Dancing Storm designs established in 2021 formally known as Dancing Storm Creations. With more than 10 years of sewing, Livia creates custom one of a kind pieces rooted in in her culture. Her focus is Indigenous Haute Couture with an exception of traditional works and apparel. She is the recipient of the 2019 Community Futures Treaty 7 Indigenous Business Builders Series recognition award. Livia was opened the 2019 Otahpiaaki Fashion show with her Winter Count Collection. In 2020 she was featured as a runway designer for Rendezvous Fashion Show in Whitehorse Yukon. To add to her experience, Livia completed a 3 week Indigenous Haute Couture Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in March 2022, she was featured at the 2022 Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. As a result, honourable mentions include being featured by 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. CBC Life mentioned her in a review, Bridging tradition and the future: standouts from the Indigenous Fashion Arts Festival 2022 Runway. This rising artisan has combined her passion with her roots while healing through the threads of her creations. Her slogan, "A Buffalo Robe tells the stories of my ancestors, my creations tell my story".
Our name honours an orphaned horse named storm aka Dancing Storm, raised by the Livia Manywounds. A horsewoman, crafter, artisan, designer, and a member of the TsuuT'ina Nation located in southern Alberta Canada.