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.
About The Author
Laura specializes in the history of art and fashion in the early modern Spanish World. She is a doctoral candidate at the College of William and Mary and received her MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design. Her dissertation explores the adoption and adaptation of European fashions, their fusion with local Indigenous elements of dress, and their representation in portraits and pictures of types in the Viceroyalty of New Granada in the second half of the eighteenth century.