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Clothing of Latin America
Transcript of Clothing of Latin America
Typical dress for Latin Americans today includes several key pieces that have cultural and historical significance.
Typically, the way Latin Americans dress today depends on their country of origin due to the different culture, climate, and countless other factors.
Latin American men's clothing tends to be more fitted and colorful than that of their Anglo counterparts. Shirts are generally tight fitting and are worn in a broad range of colors
The U.S. first expressed interest in the styles of the Latino world around 1910, when textile designers in New York looked to Latin America for creative inspiration. Latin American fashion had the biggest impact on America during World War II, when the Nazi occupation of Europe interrupted the French influence on U.S. designers. In the years following the war, Latino fashion designers invaded the U.S., bringing with them the Latin American styles of plunging necklines, ruffled tiered skirts and peasant blouses. This shifted the fashion interests of U.S. designers of WWII and Latino clothing has made a lasting impression on designers of today.
The countries of South and Central America, including Mexico, Brazil and Haiti are the birthplaces of many contemporary Latin American fashions. In the countries that once made up the Incan Empire (Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and part of northern Argentina), garments for the wealthy or socially prominent were adorned with embroidery, feathers, beads and gold or silver discs.
It is difficult to broadly analyze the styles of clothing in Latin America. Style and dress of Latin American people varies greatly through time, place, and culture.
Colorful clothing is seen with both genders and there aren't any social restrictions against certain colors. Pink isn't associated as being "girly" and blue isn't defined as a masculine color. Men even wear
Jeans and pants are also cut slim to accentuate the body.
Most of Latin American clothing as moved away from their traditional garments as a result of modernization. The "traditional" image of Mexican attire features a sombrero or fedora with a poncho. However, many Latin American designers have changed and experimented with fashion.
Ex: Senior Tyrone has created a poncho which is more wearable. It is one-size-fits-all and is structured in a cape/scarf manner. The poncho is unisex and clearly illustrates the modernization of traditional pieces.
Throughout decades, Latin American clothing has been bright, vibrant and colorful. This remains consistent till today. American Latin dress consists of a lot of bright colors and embroidery.
For women, the contemporary Latin American consists of ruffles, peasant tops, off-the-shoulder sleeves, wrap skirts, and other pieces with traditional Latin flavor.
In Ecuador, women wear well-fitting tops, pants and jeans. Dresses and skirts are not common for urban women, but in coastal towns, leg-baring fashions abound.
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, businesswomen generally wear tailored skirt or pants suits in solid muted colors and earth tones. In El Salvador, women lean toward long skirts and blouses with sleeves.
In Bolivia and Peru, young city women dress very stylishly in short skirts and sleeveless tops, but in outlying areas, conservative dress is favored.
The poncho is a rectangular or square piece of fabric with an opening in the center for the head. It originated with the indigenous cultures of South and Central America. It is reminiscent of capes and cloaks from the Victorian-era.
Other typical Latin American pieces that have remained till today include the peasant blouse, which is said to have originated in Mexico in the early 17th century, and the shawl or mantilla, which was the traditional head covering worn by Spanish women during the Middle Ages.
The bolero jacket, a short jacket historically made of silk, velvet or wool with embroidered detail and silver buttons, had its origins in the short waist jackets worn by Andalusian cattle herders.
Tango skirts, which are slit open in the front to allow for movement and often feature tiers of ruffles, developed with the tango dance, which originated in Argentina.
Many designers today take strong inspiration from Latin American fashion and culture. Rebecca Minkoff presented her Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear collection at New York Fashion Week. The collection was inspired by the styles of Latin American women.
Models had their hair styled in a Frida Kahlo-esque manner. Minkoff said that she drew inspiration from the traditional styles of Latin American attire and combined it with their lively spirit and energy.
Her collection featured playful styles of shorts, flirty skirts, flowy dresses and cropped jackets. A Latin American flair is clearly demonstrated with the embroidered and cut-out details. She combines this with with a hint of sportswear (striped mesh).
The typical dress for Latin Americans can have dramatically different meanings, whether you're in a village in the Andes or in a predominantly latino neighborhood in Miami, Florida.
Due to the several influences on Latin America, including the indigenous clothing as well as European and American influences, much of their clothing has been modernized. 21st century Latin American clothing clearly differs from clothing of the Mayan/Inca/Aztec times. Many styles have gone out of functionality through times, but are wore for traditional festivals and such. Other styles have remained popular, while some fused with with each other.
After the Spanish conquest around 1532, upper-class male natives wore a combination of Inca and Spanish clothes: knee-length tunics and tight-fitting Spanish knee breeches. In the Mexican city of Guanajuato, traditional women's garb consisted of four skirts decorated with frills, braid and ribbon and layered one atop the other. The back of the topmost skirt had a little train, a nod to the flamenco dresses worn by Spanish women. With their skirts, women wore white short-sleeved peasant blouses with embroidered necklines and beaded shawls.
Traditional outfits are typically worn for festivals and major events to show the countries' culture and pride. These outfits are generally colorful and vibrant. Traditional clothing is very diverse throughout Latin America.