The word “fashion” is often thought of as a “misnomer” in Latin America. Paradoxically, Latin American fashion has become more and more desirable around the world. Latin American designers have become increasingly visible, even when they have had to face economic, political, and social crises in their home countries. Latin American garment workers, on their part, produce what is worth billions of dollars in clothes for the global fashion industry. And for Latin Americans around the world, fashion is a tool of resistance and identity construction. This reading list offers a variety of angles from which to understand contemporary fashion in Latin America.

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Photo courtesy of Camilo Franco. Photographer: El Gato