Both fashion exhibitions and Latin American fashion have received increasing attention around the globe in recent decades.
Category: Latin America
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.
Constructs of race are the result of colonial enterprises and thought. Since the Spanish and Portuguese invasion of what we now call ‘Latin America,’ class, social economy, and cultural habits became important factors to categorize social groups into different ‘races.’
Dress was a marker of identity to the peoples of Mesoamerica before the Spanish invasion. To the Aztecs, the wearing of appropriate clothing was strictly controlled by both custom and law.
Mexican culture is known worldwide for its rich textile traditions, which reach back over many centuries and predate the Spanish invasion.
At the face of growing police violence and discrimination in the 1940s, the zoot suit became a symbol of resistance among Mexican Americans and African Americans.