Fashion Around the World

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Mexican national clothing is very bright and and very beautiful.

There are many different designs of traditional costumes used for celebrations, holidays, ceremonies and festivals. Join us as we explore them all on our fashion journey around the world.

Traditional Clothes of Mexico

Traditionally, Mexican women wore clothing which was normally very simple with garnishes of color. The Huipil, a tunic-like dress, and other types of enredos were very typical, pre-Columbian garb. Originally, these dresses were made mostly of cotton. Following the Spanish colonization of Mexico, silks and wools started to become more popular.
Traditional Mexican women's clothing regularly includes lots of ornate embroidery, often including images and patterns that have symbolic meaning attached to them. Typically, men's clothing is not as colorful as women's. Spanish conquistadores had an enormous impact on indigenous clothing. What we know today as Mexican clothing has much to do with this influence. Let's get started with a quick slideshow of beautiful clothing from Mexico.

Dresses of Mexico

Many traditional dresses are sequined and painted by hand. Hours and hours of labor are required for each. This next video is a fashion show of costumes showcasing their history and place of origin. We apologize for the quality of the video but really love the images. Let's watch.

Wedding Dresses

Even wedding dresses are sequined and painted by hand. This next video is a slideshow of beautiful, modern brides and their gowns. Let's watch.

Just for Fun

Let's watch this video produced by Vogue showing some of the processes that go into Mexican Fashion.
It was produced in Spanish so be sure and put on the cations.

Be sure and join us next time when we explore the holidays and their festive fashions.

HOLIDAYS: Feliz Navidad

Holiday dress and traditions

With a strong ties to Christianity it is no surprise that Christmas is a special time in Mexico marked by festive celebration, and the clothing to match.

HOLIDAYS: Feliz Navidad

Holiday dress and traditions

With a strong ties to Christianity it is no surprise that Christmas is a special time in Mexico marked by festive celebration, and the clothing to match.

Let’s watch this video captured at the EPCOT center in Florida to see traditional dancing and hear explanations of Christmas traditions in Mexico.

CELEBRATIONS: Quinceaneras

Celebrating the Coming of Age

The special 15th birthday is celebrated differently than any other as it marks the transition from childhood to adulthood. Historically, in the years prior to their 15th birthdays, girls were taught cooking, weaving, and about childbearing in preparation for their future roles as wives and during the celebration the girl's father would present her to potential suitors.

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HOLIDAYS: Day of the Dead

November 1 and 2

The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pay respects and to remember friends and family members who have died. These celebrations can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed.[8]

Our next video is a brief introduction to the celebration of All Hallow's Eve

Who was La Catarina?

And why do we dress like her for the Day of the Dead?

Was she the daughter of Spanish king Francisco Gonzales?

Was she a cartoon character created for a newspaper in 1910?

A female Aztec goddess of the underworld?

Let's watch the video below and find out.

Any surprises here?
What is the most surprising thing to
you about this story?

How to dress for All Hallow's Eve

Most women center their Day of the Dead outfits around La Calavera Catrina. Think traditional Mexican dresses, big feathered hats, flower crowns, sugar skull face paint and the most important detail: color


Let's watch this short 'sugar skull' makeup tutorial and a Mexico City 'Day of the Dead' parade slideshow.

Have you ever been to a Day of the Dead Celebration?
What did you wear?
If you have not, would you like to?

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