El arte de la indumentaria y la moda en México, 1940–2015

by Juan Coronel Rivera & Ana Elena Mallet


May–September 2016

Fashion has been used to define behaviors, social status, and belonging to a specific group or culture. Since the 19th century, fashion has also been considered a language or form of communication. This exhibition takes on the different meanings of fashion and dress to explore the textile wealth of Mexico, which builds on both Indigenous and European traditions. In the first half of the 20th century, after the Mexican Revolution, Indigenous textiles traditions were incorporated into the concept of nationalism that was being promoted at the time. Towards the 1940s, Mexican fashion designers started to be recognized internationally by the global fashion system. The mix between Indigenous clothing tradition and westernized fashion practices has resulted in a unique aesthetic that can be considered an expression of Mexicanness.

This exhibition is the first of its kind in Mexico, confronting the Native origins of fashion with its contemporary expressions, offering a dialogue that reveals the essence of Mexican culture; it offers in the conjunction of discourses about “dress” and “fashion” a nurturing dialogue that reveals the cultural vision of a country through its dressing practices.

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