Tanya Melendez-Escalante: “Mexican Rose”
Tanya Melendez-Escalante studies how pink became a color associated with Mexican identity. She highlights the tensions between Mexicans, who embraced the color as part of their own national discourses on “modernity”, and foreigners, who often saw the predominance of Mexican rose as a sign of “tradition” and “backwardness”. This talk was part of Pink, the twentieth academic symposium at The Museum at FIT. This symposium explored the significance of the color pink in fashion, art, and culture. Pink provokes exceptionally strong feelings of both attraction and repulsion, yet it is increasingly being regarded as cool and androgynous, powerful and political. Topics included the significance of pink clothing in western and non-western cultures (including India, Africa, Mexico, and Japan), the role of pink in eighteenth-century portraiture, associations of pink with politics, gender, and sexuality, and the use of pink in cinema.