Fashion and Politics: Reflecting on Colombia’s Presidential elections and how to effect change through fashion

I’ve been thinking about the collective state of panic I’ve seen in the country—especially among some specific social sectors—and about the many comments and predictions. But, most importantly, I’ve been trying to figure out how fashion enters the whole issue. Because, as you might know, I just don’t seem to be able to think without integrating fashion in one way or another.

On curating fashion in Abya Yala

I think at this point most of us realize that fashion exhibitions have become widely popular throughout the globe in the past decades. In English-speaking contexts, this has resulted in the development of a sub-field of fashion academia dedicated to fashion curating, conservation, and museology. But things are quite different in Abya Yala.

Redefining Fashion From Abya Yala

We need to constantly think and rethink Latin American and Latinx fashion in order to strengthen the diverse expressions of fashion in Abya Yala. [1] I believe that a first step towards that aim is to redefine fashion from our local ideas and histories and from a deep knowledge of the diversity of cultures that have inhabited this territory since before the European invasion.

How do I even begin?

How do we even begin to think about fashion in Latin America, when the word itself is so often detached from the region? How do we think about it, when we’re used to believing that fashion is superficial, vain, pretty—but never substantial? How do we do it in our own terms, when most narratives, ideas, and histories circle around the same names —at times extremely difficult for us to pronounce— of a few, most of them foreign and quite distant from our local realities?