Jacket of man's fiesta ensemble - ROM2015_14439_3

ROM2015_14439_3

Jacket of man's fiesta ensemble

Medium:Fulled wool with white rayon soutache trim
Geography: Probably acquired in Mexico City, Mexico
Date: mid 20th century
Dimensions:
52 cm
Object number: 974.36.A
Credit Line: Gift of Doug Kelcey
Not on view
Description

The charro (horseman) and the female china poblana came to embody the mestizo (mixed-race) ideal of Mexican national identity after the 1910 Revolution. The charro was a symbol of masculinity. The term china poblana had been applied in the 19th century to women whose style was seductive and flamboyant. Both costumes live on today in Mexican festivals and cinema.


This finely tailored three-piece suit and matching hat, applied with contrasting soutache (decorative braid), was possibly commissioned for a parade or costume ball.


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