Dr. Martens AW15: Spirit of Buffalo
by Lars Tibben / posted on 04/09/2015
Thirty years ago, photographer, Jamie Morgan with his friend and collaborator, Ray Petri showed up at
the offices of street culture magazine The Face, with a new editorial. The pair had produced work for the magazine before, but this time was different – it was to be game changing. A black and white photo of an intense thirteen-year-old boy called Felix, with the eyes of gangster, stared out from the front cover – the word ‘Killer’ pinned to his hat. This, together with the models from the streets and androgynousfigures that populated the pages, was the start of a style revolution; the killer image would become an icon of the era.
Throughout Dr. Martens history, the brand has been adopted and subverted by diverse individuals, subcultures and tribes. Dr. Martens wearers bring the shoes and boots to life and are the people who stand out from the crowd in their own unique way.This season the inspiration for Dr. Martens AW15 collection is ‘Spirit of Buffalo’.
To mark this 30th anniversary of ‘Spirit of Buffalo’, Jamie Morgan, Barry Kamen and Dr. Martens have joined forces to create a contemporary interpretation of this pioneering and enduring style with a collection of striking images and a film, both documenting the historic and modern influence of Buffalo and how Dr. Martens was an integral part of this enduring movement. To pay homage to the non-confirmity and individual style of this important creative collective, Jamie Morgan and Barry Kamen got the total freedom for this project. From styling and photograhy to casting the models. All to celebrate the 30th anniversary of ‘Spirit of Buffalo’.
The androgynous and street style of ‘Spirit of Buffalo’ is clearly recognisable in the collection. Heritage pieces which were worn 30 years ago got a refreshment while staying truthful to the original style.
See the video below: