Now more than ever we need to take time to embrace our Hispanic, Latino, and Latina brothers and sisters, they have contributed far more to our country than mass media will let you believe!
Pioneering Street Artist Mister Cartoon holding the Nike Cortez x Mister Cartoon “Black”
In the fashion world, many will not tell you, but will agree that the majority of designs take inspiration from the exotic. In North America, we are lucky to have many flavors of the exotic to the south of us.
Singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer Selena Quintanilla-Perez.
In regions such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua (all celebrate their independence on September 15th), Mexico (celebrates the 16th), and Chile (celebrates the 18th), there are traditions that have spilled into the USA in the form of fashion trends.
The Chilean youth displaying traditional men’s and women’s garments.
The youth of the Dominican Republic celebrating a joyous event which calls for garments in the country’s identifying colours.
Many people would tell you to take a trip to Guatemala if you’d like to immerse yourself in Latin culture, these outfits confirm those assumptions!
Can you see the similarities between our fashion and the clothing worn by our Mexican neighbours?
Rich embroidery, which came from Mexico, is used greatly in today’s fashion to display luxurious craftsmanship and exquisite detail. The dramatic colours (seen in the garments above) of Latin America’s wildlife heavily influenced the patterns worn by inhabitants, bold ruffles gave Flamenco dancers their graceful presence, peasant sleeves, another Mexican innovation was brought forth by the Puebla dresses made to keep women cool during the very hot summers.
From these humble beginnings came some of the most powerful and influential people representing their place in Hispanic, Latino, and Latina culture. By assimilating a world view yet staying true their roots these notable men and women have changed the world in style:
Oscar de la Renta (La Republica Dominicana) (Rest in Peace) had dressed every first lady since Jackie Kennedy until his 2014 death.
Manolo Blahnik (Spain) has built a luxury shoe label known around the world.
Eva Perón, the Argentinian civil rights activist, feminist, and actress wore some of the simplest yet most coveted pieces in fashion history.
Frida Kahlo, known best for her paintings displayed traditional Mexican heritage with a modern twist as well as her own interpretation.
These icons, as well as countless others, with their hard work, determination, and connection to their roots, have helped mold the world into a more accepting world, and those who are inspired by their works will continue the legacy.
Big shout out to Latina.com, the Hispanic Heritage Month Website, the Frida Kahlo Website, this article on clothing made in ‘Merica, this article on Eva Duarte de Perón as well as her website, and last but not least, The Fashion Spot.
Thank you for reading and as always, thank you for your patronage.