Berna Beaulieu

North Slave
#7, 5307-44th Street
#7, 5307-44th Street
Yellowknife, NT X1A 3H2

Artist Story

I have been interested in clothing design since I was a young girl growing up in Behchoko, a small community just outside Yellowknife. I could see traditional designs slowly slipping away and I thought there must be something I could do to help preserve this beautiful form of art.

In 2002, I made the very difficult decision to return back to school at the Yvonne Yuen School of Design in Saskatoon. After I raised my family, school was the healing tool I needed for my personal life. I now have three diplomas in professional fashion design, marketing and business administration, and accounting. My designs have been shown on runways in Germany and Toronto L’Oreal Fashion Week and I love the excitement and energy of being a part of events such as these.

My creative process usually begins with a traditional Aboriginal design created from caribou or factory tanned white hide. From there, I incorporate modern techniques to create a custom piece that is contemporary in style but retains traditional influences. A lot of my designs surround celebratory events such as weddings and graduations. When I work the designs just dance in front of me and I am further inspired to share more of what I love to create.

Artist Bio: 

Berna Beaulieu is a traditional certified fashion designer and owner/founder of, Wedahti Fashions. Her company has grown on its reputation of creative design, high quality work, competitive prices and excellent customer service. Berna has gained recognition for her unique award-winning aboriginal designs in her specialty areas of traditional ceremonial clothing and customized bridal and formal wear. Age-old traditions. Materials and colors taken from the Land. Berna's aboriginal designed garments and accessories add to the beauty of traditional events, dances and ceremonies. Combining the innovation of new methods with the strength of traditional techniques means that you will get the highest quality garments available. Berna loves to see her works of art on the run-way and is always willing to showcase her garments in fashion shows.

Last Updated: October 6, 2015

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