Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill, the design duo behind the Canadian fashion label Greta Constantine, revel in using textiles that Pickersgill describes as “foreign yet functional.” But although they enjoy the challenge of taking materials out of their original context, cleaving seat belts to the female form wasn’t too much of a mental leap.

Greta Constantine seat-belt clothing

“When you think the process of building a seat belt,” Pickersgill tells Ecouterre, “it’s to save our lives. It’s a type of armor.” The results of their experiments, which were unveiled for Fall/Winter 2009, are stunning, featuring angular, origami-like ruching that recalls insect carapaces, as well as a moody gun-metal sheen that resides somewhere between noir and sci-fi.

In a word: Yowza.

+ Greta Constantine