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Fronteras: Complexities And Cultural Significance Of Self-Adornment Explored In 'MeXicana Fashions'

Clothing and fashion are popular ways to publicly present layers of one’s identity. But the role of consumerism and entrepreneurialism may dilute the cultural significance behind certain articles of clothing.

Women of color, particularly scholars in institutions of higher learning, often wear clothing or jewelry that carries cultural meaning or expresses a political statement.

Many of their voices are reflected in the book, “meXicana Fashions: Politics, Self-Adornment, and Identity Construction,” which explores the complex dynamics of fashion aesthetics and the cultural politics of belonging and resistance.

Micaela Díaz-Sánchez — assistant professor in the Department of Chican@ studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara — is a contributor to the book, which was co-edited by Aída Hurtado and Norma Cantú.

Hurtado is the Luis Leal Endowed Chair in the Department of Chican@ Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Cantú is the Murchison Endowed Professor in Humanities at Trinity University in San Antonio.

The collection of essays reveal the personal importance behind certain garments while reflecting on a range of fashion and cultural intersections.

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Norma Martinez can be reached at norma@tpr.org and on Twitter at @NormDog1
Lauren Terrazas can be reached at lauren@tpr.org and on Twitter at @terrazas_lauren