Orlando Pita styling model Lily Donaldson; Vogue, January 2005

Orlando Pita

Location: New York, New York
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Hair has carried sacred and spiritual connotations throughout history. It was the source of Samson’s strength in the Bible, and the route by which Rapunzel’s visitors came to call. Hair lends its wearer an aura of sexual virility, seduction, and health. It is one of the few parts of our body we can play with, change at will without incurring permanent damage, and “dress” to reflect our personality, chosen identity, and momentary moods.

Orlando Pita is a hair design magician. For the last two decades, he has been a master of hair styles and fashions, the theatrical as well as the more realistic. Chances are that everyone who is reading this has seen numerous examples of his work. Pita styles hair for celebrities from Madonna and Janet Jackson to Gwyneth Paltrow and Julianne Moore. His work has graced magazine covers such as the Italian, French, British, and American editions of Vogue, W, Harper’s Bazaar, and Allure, and he has worked with such noted fashion photographers as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Mario Testino.

Many of his most extreme and fabulous hair designs were created for the fashion runway. Pita has created looks for Michael Kors, Versace, Prada, Miu Miu, Christian Dior, Valentino, Gucci, Narcisco Rodriguez, Tommy Hilfiger, and Dolce & Gabbana, and has also designed hair for rising designers such as Proenza Schouler and Derek Lam. Pita has worked with John Galliano for over six years; and it took him three days to create the incredible, flat, square hairstyle worn by models for the 2004 Egyptianthemed Dior Couture show. Declaring that he missed actually cutting hair, Orlando Pita opened his own salon in January 2005, in New York’s meatpacking district.