Atypical is a word that has characterized Antonio Ortega since his childhood; as early as eight years old, he used his mother’s sewing machine and patterns from a magazine to create his first clothes. He began studying several arts: singing, music, drawing, sculpture and dance.
After studying in a design school in Mexico, Antonio turned towards native Indian communities and was initiated into their ancestral secrets; he in turn incorporated them into his style (braiding, weaving, openwork, use of natural materials, etc.).
Pursuing his alternative trajectory, the young man landed in the studios of Televisa, one of the leading television channels in Latin America, where he took charge of the costume workshops.
Finally, at the age of 26, looking for new meaning in his life, he set out for Paris with the dream of becoming a singer.
But his childhood dream soon caught up with him. His destiny led him to the Parisian jet set and his passion for clothes brought him back into the world of fashion. His French experience engrained in him a sense of discipline, observation, an attention to detail and an appreciation of the finer things in life.
Under his own label, created in 2001, he presents collections marked by a very distinct harmony of contrasts. A subtle interplay of materials, cuts and references: ethnic weaving confronts exquisite embroidery, a skill in which Antonio Ortega excels.
Because a designer proposes and creates, Antonio relies on his strong roots, omnipresent in his work, and follows his imagination without ever losing control. In the eyes of the young Mexican designer, a piece of fabric becomes so much more. It becomes part of an intimate relation with the creator, a quest for sensuality and the translation of a dream.
Two major themes have dominated Antonio Ortega’s creations: snakes and icons. “I have always been attracted by snakes, by our fear for a reptile that is somehow both masculine and feminine, and its mysterious and mythical sides.
For certain people, it is the symbol of sin; for me, it leads me to create,” says Antonio. Icons first came to his attention during a trip in Europe and later took their place in his work. Symbols of faith, the sacred and the spiritual, they have provided the young designer with all of the assurance he needed to pursue his imagination.
Today, in the heart of the Montréal business district, Antonio listens, lends a part of himself to each of his creations and shares his vision of the world, in tune with the rhythm of his own particular inspirations and tastes.
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