Henry Navarro Delgado

Associate Professor

MFA Sculpture, Superior Institute of Arts, Havana

BFA Drawing and Ceramics, Wifredo Lam Professional Arts School, Nueva Gerona

CERT Film Animation Assistant, Cuban Institute for Cinematographic Art and Industry, Havana

CERT Art Director for Film, International School of Television and Film, Havana

BS Hydraulic Engineering, Jose Echevarria Superior Polytenchnic Institute, Havana

Phone: 416-979-5000

Ex. 6447


KHS 55 C



As a multidisciplinary artist and designer, my training in fine arts, art direction for film, and fashion design informs both my scholarly and creative work. Born and educated in Cuba, my artistic and academic careers have taken me to North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. After learning the fashion trade from my dressmaking and leather craftsmen family, I pursued a studio artist’s profession but continued freelancing in fashion and costume design. Currently I focus on site-specific fashion projects, which merge public art and fashion design to explore social issues within localized communities around the world.

Recent Professional Projects

Aloha Na'au: A Site-Specific Public Fashion Project To be completed in July 2015, this project explores the contributions of different Polynesian people to the contemporary culture of Hawaii. Alongside the participants of Polynesian background, the project will include a cross section of Hawaii's diverse social fabric. Local artists, artisans, designers, and community members will collaborate in every step of the process of producing the resulting fashion collection.

Publications & Exhibitions

Havanidad: A Site-Specific Fashion Project and Entrepreneurial Platform, Fabrica de Arte Cubano Art Center, Havana, Cuba, 2014

Femme Universalis: A Conceptual Fashion Collection, Fashion Art Toronto, 2014

Grey Cincinnati: A Site-Specific Fashion Collection, Prairie Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 2012

SituOZUone (Fashion Design Show), Officina Zone Umane, Monteleone Sabino, Italy, 2010

Fashion as Public Art: Strengthening Communities through Site-Specific Fashion Projects, Journal of Fashion, Style & Popular Culture, Intellect Ltd., Journal Article, 2014

Experimental Fashion Design: Practical and Pedagogical Considerations for the Adoption of an Experimentation-Driven Fashion Design Studio Course, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology-International Textile and Apparel Association Joint Symposium, Conference Paper, 2012

Subversion in White: Experimentation and Ceremony in Conceptual Wedding Fashion, American

Culture Association and Popular Culture Associations, Conference Paper, 2011

Africana: Race, Class and Politics in American Fashion, the German Historical Institute’s conference ‘Globalizing Beauty: Aesthetics in the 20th Century”, Conference Paper, 2010

Previous MRPs Supervised

"A Methodology to Accelerate the Design Process from Inspiration to Sample Making within the Ready to Wear Fashion Cycle" by Fahmia Nazia Ahsan. (In Progress).

"Futurismo Now: A Conceptual Menswear Fashion Collection Exploring Masculinity through Futurist Aesthetics" by Yeonseok Jang. 2014.

"Sustainable Bridal and Beyond: Using Design to Extend Garment Life and Eliminate Waste" by Kirsten Schaefer. 2013.

Program Streams: 

Fashion Communication

Fashion Design

MA Fashion