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Valentino

Lauren Bowes

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Designer Biography

Sequins (Spangles, Paillettes)

Nan H. Mutnick

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Cultures all around the world, throughout time, have been attracted to the dazzle and shine of metals and have attached small pieces of them to their clothing and accessories. Different cultures often assigned various meanings to the metals they wore, according their beliefs. These included fertility and protection. Coins sewn on clothing served the double purpose of adding sparkle as well as providing the wearer with easily detachable currency. Identifying the attraction of the shiny, iridescent

Folklore Influences in Mexico and Panama

Tasha Lewis

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

Encyclopedia entry

Appliqué and related techniques in apparel styles are representative of Mexico’s and Panama’s culture and identity. Panamanian molas, made by the Kuna Indians of Panama, were originally worn as blouses by the women. Today, molas and mola art are sold as tapestries, tote bags, and Western-styled blouses. Mexican appliqué has a long tradition in many of the nation’s traditional or folkloric dress styles, which many tourists may associate with the country. Modern-day designs using appliqué, embroide

The Mola Blouses of the Kuna from Panama

Teena Jennings Rentenaar

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

Encyclopedia entry

Mola blouses are made by the Kuna women of the San Blas (Kuna Yala) region of Panama. The Kuna have taken European tools and techniques to make something unique, so much so that the mola blouse has become their cultural identifier. The women continue to make and wear mola blouses, regardless of the time and effort that their manufacture requires. This activity must be implicitly supported by everyone within the village, especially due to the time taken away from other communal and familial chores

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