Pop star Jennifer Lopez rocks Christi Belcourt inspired outfit in new video

If you're a fan of Métis artist Christi Belcourt you might want to keep an eye out for the next Jennifer Lopez music video.

Métis artist's collaboration with Valentino fashion designer hits the big time

If you're a fan of Métis artist Christi Belcourt you might want to keep an eye out for the next Jennifer Lopez music video.

Photos from the shoot for El Mismo Sol have been popping up online. In one scene Lopez appears riding a carousel in a Christi Belcourt inspired Valentino two-piece.

"I love seeing international designers create positive collaborations with amazing Indigenous artists, and then have mainstream icons support it," tweeted Jessica Metcalfe, of Beyond Buckskin.

Rome-based House of Valentino reached out to Belcourt earlier this year about her work, after seeing her Water Song painting, which is held in the National Gallery of Canada. Belcourt said she didn't rush into saying yes. 

"I had to find out more about their company," she told CBC. 

Italian designer Valentino has transferred images from one of Métis artist Christi Belcourt's paintings in the National Gallery of Canada onto clothing. (Valentino)
After doing some research and consulting with an elder she decided to go for it. A collaboration ensued and now
Belcourt's work appears prominently among several pieces in Valentino's 2016 Resort collection.

Belcourt said she is pleased with the effort the designers are making to ensure their reproductions are faithful to her original paintings. When asked how she feels about her artwork being used on high-end clothing:

"It's a really neat kind of thing to see that the beadwork that is from my tradition I took and put on canvas and then it's gone back on the clothing, So that's kind of a nice relationship there."

Belcourt's work spans many mediums and she's no stranger to collaboration. She is one of the coordinators, and a contributing artist,  with Walking with our Sisters.  The art installation that tells the stories of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls has travelled North America will open in Ottawa on September 25, at Carleton University. 

This year her work also featured prominently in the 2015 Pan Am games and was taken home by athletes from around the world. She designed the medals for the games after being approached by the Royal Canadian Mint.