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!
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.
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.
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:
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.