The Hopper belt is part of a curated collection that draws inspiration from the never-theatrically-released Dennis Hopper counter-culture quasi-documentary from 1971, “The American Dreamer”. It provides a glimpse into counter-cultural philosophies that fueled a generational gap and brought along a massive cultural transformation across the post-WW2 Western world.
Our focus, however, lies less with the film's counter-culture message and more on the film's visual universe, which is truly unique and unparalleled. The film was recorded in Taos, New Mexico, a cultural melting pot blending Northern European, Hispanic, and Native American cultures. This amalgamation of cultural influences produces a truly unique stylistic expression, merging Western and denim wear with hippie culture, Hispanic weaving, and Native American jewelry.
Add to all of this the 70s Hollywood glam, together with Hopper's traditionally rugged Taos ranch adorned with avant-garde contemporary art, and you have a tapestry that reflects the essence of a cultural era, a blend of diverse influences converging in a unique singular visual language.
Legend has it, although uncorroborated and thus purely speculative, that Hopper either gifted the belt to Kris Kristofferson, or Kris got inspired by Hopper and went out to purchase the belt on his own after the recording of Hopper's film 'The Last Movie' (1971), in which Kris played a supporting role.
Either way, shortly after the recording of 'The Last Movie' in 1971, Kris is seen wearing the 'Hopper' belt in several movies (Cisco Pike 1972, 'A Star is Born' 1976, 'Convoy' 1978), occasions, and stage appearances from 1971-1978.