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Latin American Fashion Reader (Dress, Body, Culture)

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Latin American fashion's recent gain in popularity can be seen most obviously in mass-market ranges throughout the industrialized West. From the tango-inspired dress of Argentina and guerrilla chic in downtown Buenos Aires to swimwear on Copacabana Beach and the rainbow that adorns Mayan women, Latin America has long been a source of inspiration for designers throughout the world. Until now, however, the pivotal role played by dress in this region has surprisingly been overlooked. This book is a long overdue assessment of Latin America's influence on global fashion. The authors examine the significance of textiles and dress to Latin American culture and the reasons behind it from fashion history to popular culture and the (re)making of traditional garments, such as the poncho, the guayabera and maguey-fiber sandals. This book also considers fashion icons such as Frida Kahlo and Eva Peron, women who have been worshipped and transformed into marketable symbols of exoticism and passion, as well as the key role that dress played in their rise to celebrity on the international stage. Providing a first and definitive overview of Latin American fashion, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in Latin American cultural studies or fashion history.

Book News Annotation:

Twenty academics from the U.S., Brazil, and Argentina whose research focuses on the interrelationship between dress, body and culture contribute 17 chapters examining the history and significance of Latin American fashion. Coverage includes Latin America's colonial history and the power of dress; the alteration of "traditional" indigenous dress for sale in the modern/tourist/global marketplace; the cultural imaginary, and the articulations of dress within and beyond the parameters of urban and national spaces; cultural mediation and consumption of fashionable Latin(o) American identities; and the status of fashion amidst economic and political change in Latin America. Distributed in the U.S. by Palgrave Macmillan. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

From the tango-inspired dress of Argentina and guerilla chic in downtown Buenos Aires to swimwear on Copacabana Beach and the rainbow that adorns Mayan women, Latin America has long been a source of inspiration for designers throughout the world. This book is a long overdue assessment of Latin America's influence on fashion. The authors examine the significance of textiles and dress to Latin American culture and the reasons behind it--from fashion history to popular culture and the (re)making of traditional garments, such as the poncho, the guayabera and maguey cactus fiber sandals. It also considers its global impact, visible in chains and mass-produced fashions, and the international worship of fashion icons such as Frida Kahlo and Eva Perón.

About the Author

Regina A. Root is Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, College of William and Mary.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Unravelling History * Visualizing Difference--Mariselle Meléndez* Fashioning Independence--Regina A. Root * The Traveler's Eye--Kimberly Randall * Far Eastern Influences in Latin American Fashions--Araceli Tinajero * Part 2: Altered Traditions * Ixcacles: Maguey Fiber Sandals from Mexico--Pam Scheinman * "Why do Gringos Like Black?"--Blenda Femenías * Dressed to Kill--Elayne Zorn * Representations of Tradition in Latin American Boundary Textile Art--E. Demaray, M. Keim-Shenk, and M. A. Littrell * Part 3: Fashion and the Cultural Imaginary * Ponchos of the River Plate--Ruth Corcuera * Mappin Stores--Rita Andrade * As She Walks to the Sea--Nizia Villaça * "Every girl had a fan which she kept always in motion": Puerto Rican Women's Dress at a Time of Social and Cultural Transition--Dilia López Gydosh and Marsha Dickson * Part 4: Mediation and Consumption * Guayaberismo and the Essence of Cool--Marilyn Miller * Transvestite Pedagogy--James Pancrazio * Frida and Evita--Maria Claudia Andre * Fashioning U.S. Salvadoranness--Claudia Milian Arias * Part 5: In Search of Fashion * Scattered Bodies, Unfashionable Flesh--Fabricio Forastelli

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859738887
Editor:
Root, Regina A.
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Editor:
Root, Regina A.
Author:
Root, Regina A.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Fashion
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Dress, Body, Culture
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 b/w illus.
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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From the tango-inspired dress of Argentina and guerilla chic in downtown Buenos Aires to swimwear on Copacabana Beach and the rainbow that adorns Mayan women, Latin America has long been a source of inspiration for designers throughout the world. This book is a long overdue assessment of Latin America's influence on fashion. The authors examine the significance of textiles and dress to Latin American culture and the reasons behind it--from fashion history to popular culture and the (re)making of traditional garments, such as the poncho, the guayabera and maguey cactus fiber sandals. It also considers its global impact, visible in chains and mass-produced fashions, and the international worship of fashion icons such as Frida Kahlo and Eva Perón.

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