Lucy Orta, (born in 1966) is a British-born artist who has been running Studio Orta in Paris since 1991.
In 1995 Lucy and Jorge Orta created Identity + Refuge, a co-creation as a workshop in collaboration with residents of the “Cité de Refuge” Salvation Army, a homeless shelter in Paris. The shelter’s store room housed a surplus of clothing and accessories, which Lucy Orta chose as raw materials to transform them into new garments. The workshop concluded with a public fashion show in the thrift store of the Cité de Refuge, mobilizing all the staff and residents. In this runway they presented a skirt made out of repurposed used belts.
Maison Martin Margiela released, as a runway piece from the men’s Fall/Winter 2006 Collection, an artisanal vest, pants, and jacket made out of leather belts probably inspired by Orta’s work.
American football player DeAndre Hopkins wore the vest before the Texans vs Cowboys game last year.
In 2012, Margiela joined forces with H&M to produce a collection based in Margiela’s previous work where we can find a reedition of the artisanal leather jacket. The music artist Young Thug has also worn this jacket for the video “Throw Sum Mo” that we link down below.
Then we have the Italian designer Fausto Puglisi that in 2014 crafted a similar style skirt made out of black belts.
We let you sa couple of more review videos about the H&M x Margiela re-edition belt jacket.
Written by Victor Espadas