Fashion has the power to transform. In Mexico, the way we dress is not only for adornment: A piece of clothing is more than an accessory to make you look good, it’s a way of acquiring other strengths, other traits—a ritual transformation. The ancestral purposes of clothing are still present in different indigenous communities. A dress protects you not only from the cold, but from external forces, such as the evil eye or envy. It is the powerful element that stands out in dances and ceremonies. In the ritual costumes of some communities we find motifs such as the spots of the jaguar, or its teeth—whoever wears them will acquire the jaguar’s strength. In the carnivals of Pisaflores, Veracruz, thanks to this very act of dressing the devils and the dead come to visit their family and friends.
The collection is designed for dance. The dresses are instruments that the body touches as it moves: the colored ribbons come alive and the metal fringe marks its own rhythm. These are the very sounds of the carnival of Sahuayo, Michocán, that invoke the rain, or those ringing out during the healing dances of North America’s indigenous Pow Wow. The pre-Hispanic spirits, cut from amate paper made in San Pablito Pahuatlán, are also an offering to the earth to procure good harvests; these figures occur throughout the pieces of the collection.
In accordance with the spirit of dance, innovation, offering and festivity, the show of the 2017 Spring-Summer collection was not a runway walk but a choreography, created and interpreted by the dancers Silas Riener and Rashaun Mitchell.