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Evita and Frida: Latin American Icons for Export

María Claudia André

Source: The Latin American Fashion Reader, 2005, Berg Fashion Library

Book chapter

In the early 1970s, Frida Kahlo was mostly known outside of Mexico among a few art critics and small academic groups, but within the last decade, the increasing popularity of her life and art have added to her fame, making out of her figure one of he most extraordinary pop icons and cult phenomena of the twentieth century.According to Margaret A. Lindauer, the commercial promotion of Kahlo’s self portrait used by the Metropolitan Museum in New York to advertise Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuri

Overview of Mexico

Chloë Sayer

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Latin America and the Caribbean, 2005, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Mexico is one of the richest archaeological zones in the world. Extreme variations of climate and vegetation have influenced human evolution over long periods of time. Stone carvings, terracotta figurines, murals, and painted manuscripts reflect the evolution of the textile arts and show that ancient peoples developed varied styles of clothing and adornment. Highly stratified societies imposed strict clothing restrictions. After the Spanish Conquest of 1519, Spanish settlers introduced new materi

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