A driving force in fashion and beauty for over two decades, Orlando Pita was named one of the most influential people in the world of fashion by W Magazine in October 2007. His innovation and influence comes to life in his experimental editorial fashion and beauty features, and his contributions to prominent campaigns and runway spectacles worldwide.
Pita’s inventive hairstyles translate to acclaim in the art world as well. The hairstyle he created for Christian Dior’s Egyptian-themed couture show garnered him Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s “National Design Triennial: Design Life Now” recognition. The award seeks out the most innovative American designs – from film to furniture – and Pita was the first ever hairstylist in the exhibit. His repertoire even includes a guest spot on a high-fashion episode of the television series Sex and the City.
Pita has created looks for Michael Kors, Versace, YSL, Prada, Valentino, Dior, John Galliano, and Derek Lam and has carried his expertise through many of their campaigns. Pita's trend establishing style is featured regularly in Italian, French, and American Vogue, Allure, and W. Through the strength of his collaborations with leading photographers including Mario Testino, the late Irving Penn, Steven Meisel, and Craig McDean, Pita contributes to the most dominant and respected images today. His views, tips and expertise is quoted regularly in publications worldwide.
His distinguished body of work has caught the eye of top celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Beyonce.
Pita resides in New York City, where he opened his salon, Orlo, in 2004.