History Museum

History Museum


The young Nita Henry took the fashion world by storm. Absorbing the fundamentals of the fashion industry as a model, the young woman from Christchurch – with no formal training but loads of talent, confidence and practical experience – was designing and making leatherwear for shops throughout New Zealand and Australia by the age of 21.

Throughout the 80s and into the 90s, the name, face and label of Nita Henry reflected nothing but success. She was setting records with her success in the Benson & Hedges Fashion Awards gaining more than 20 nominations and winning the menswear award in 1993.

Nita was making garments for The Village People, The Chicks, Bic Runga, The Temptations, Rula Lenska, Chelsea on "Gloss' (Lisa Chappell)

Nita changed the New Zealand leather fashion industry in the 80's and with Zulu shops throughout NZ leather fast become a fashion must have item.

The only designer to receive seven seconds in the nine category Benson Hedges awards in one year.

Nita is still a prolific designer carving kiwiana silver bead designs and making copper healing bracelets in her studio is in the beautiful Tasman, Nelson area.

After the Christchurch quakes Nita was forced to relocate to this inspiring creative location and hasn't looked back since.

"I enjoy making beautiful people more beautiful inside and out"

Nita Henry

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