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Latin American Fashion Reader : Dress, Body, Culture (Paperback) - Regina A. Root

Latin American Fashion Reader

Dress, Body, Culture (Paperback)

By: Regina A. Root (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9781859738931
Number Of Pages: 320

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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.Winner of the 2006 Arthur P. Whitaker Prize, awarded by the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies

"There is much insight and pleasure to be gained from this novel prism through which to visualize Latin American history." --Foreign Affairs

Introduction
Unraveling History
'Visualizing Difference: The Rhetoric of Clothing in Colonial Spanish America'
Fashioning Independence: Gender, Dress and Social Space in Postcolonial Argentina
The Traveler's Eye: Chinas Poblanas and European-Inspired Costume in Postcolonial Mexico
Far Eastern Influences in Latin American Fashions
Altered Traditions
Ixcacles: Maguey Fiber Sandals in Modern Mexico
'Why do Gringos Like Black?' Mourning, Tourism, and Changing Fashions in Peru
Dressed to Kill: The Embroidered Fashion Industry of the Sakaka of Highland Bolivia
Representations of Tradition in Latin American Boundary Textile Art
Fashion and The Cultural Imaginary
Ponchos of the River Plate: Nostalgia for Eden
Mappin Stores: Adding an English Touch to the Sao Paulo Fashion Scene
As She Walks to the Sea: A Semiology of Rio de Janeiro
'Every Girl Had a Fan which she kept Always in Motion': Puerto Rican Women's Dress at a Time of Social and Cultural Transition'
Meditation and Consumption
Guayaberismo and the Essence of Cool
Transvestite Pedagogy: Jacqueline and Cuban Culture
Frida and Evita: Latin American Icons for Export
Fashioning United States Salvadoranness: Unveiling the Faces of Chrsity Turlington and Rosa Lpez
In Search of Fashion
Scattered Bodies, Unfashionable Flesh
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781859738931
ISBN-10: 1859738931
Series: Dress, Body, Culture (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.15  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.55