Couture and Consensus
Fashion and Politics in Postcolonial Argentina
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
Series: Cultural Studies of the Americas
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
While I was a scholar in residence at the Argentine National Library, the kind attention of former director Héctor Yanover, Ignacio Martín Cloppet, Agustina Ganglof, Silvia Ganglof, and Hugo Acevedo allowed me to spend almost two years culling through that library’s special collections. Colleagues at the Centro de Estudios de la Moda,...
INTRODUCTION: Interrogating Fashion
At the height of the protests in economically devastated Argentina, on December 20, 2001, several prominent authors waited in front of television cameras at the Clásica y Moderna bookstore in Buenos Aires for a special cultural event organized by the...
1. Uniform Consensus
In the political allegory by Esteban Echeverría, “El matadero” (“The Slaughterhouse”), knife-wielding butchers reminiscent of some of Goya’s more monstrous ghouls overpower an elegantly dressed gentleman. Because of his European-style costume...
2. Dressed to Kill
Through the lens of dress, we can unravel some of the every day transactions inflected with the burdens of the colonial order and the formation of citizen-subjects in the River Plate region. It can also bring us closer to “dreams full of history, of known...
3. Fashion as Presence
As a profoundly social process, fashion invites individual and collective bodies to assume certain identities and, at times, to transgress their limits. At a moment when the obligatory scarlet insignia ordered and unified all under the pledge of Federal...
4. Fashion Writing
Clothing has functions so apparent that they become easily dismissed, trivialized, or forgotten. But the same coat that keeps out the elements can also distinguish one’s social class and political affinities. In postcolonial Argentina, several influential writers...
5. Searching for Female Emancipation
One day, a young romance writer who has lost his place to urban expansion in Buenos Aires overhears this intimate conversation coming from another bedroom in an all-women’s residence hall. An “invisible houseguest” in Madame Bazan’s boardinghouse...
A few years into the twenty-first century, a walk in downtown Buenos Aires on a summer afternoon reveals a trend for solidarity-inspired styles.1 The relaxed fashions of today contrast sharply with those of previous decades, when strict codes imposed...
About the Author, Further Reading