Though it seems hard to comprehend as I sit barefoot in my garden and eat another slice of watermelon, I understand some of you are having some dreadful, cold, stormy weather.
To warm you up, for this Textiles on Thursday* let’s go to exotic locales south of the border and examine some vintage Mexican themed fashions and fabrics.
To start, I’ll throw you off this deep end with this jacket, which is pretty…umm…awesome.
Just in case you couldn’t tell where it is from, her skirt says ‘Mexico’
For something a little more restrained, and more suitable for actually wearing in Mexico, what about these?
Or you could go for something a little dressier:
And, of course, no survey of vintage Mexican themed garments would be complete without a scenic circle skirt. I love the teals and purples in this one.
I have some charming unmade-up vintage Mexican themed fabrics in my stash, courtesy of my Grandmother, who lived in California.
I love the aqua and fuschia colors in this fabric. Very art-deco carry over:
Let’s have a close up look at the horses and cacti:
This 50s kitchen print on cotton has a much more stereotypically Mexican colour scheme.
I love how much imagery they achieved with very simple shapes and motifs.
I’m not sure if my final fabric is supposed to be specifically Mexican, or just generally Latin American. The tamborines and drums feel a little Cuban or Argentinean. The gold colour is actually metallic gilding, very typical in the 50s and early 60s.
And to finish up, this one isn’t a textile, but how could I pass on showing it to you?
That’s right ladies. Sign up for your Du Barry beauty course this year to ensure a besotted swain and that all important honeymoon in Mexico, the pinnacle of life’s accomplishment.
* Notice how I am being a good little blogger and actually following a schedule.