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Couture and ConsensusFashion and Politics in Postcolonial Argentina$
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Regina A. Root

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816647934

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816647934.001.0001

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(p.149) Epilogue Counter-Couture
Couture and Consensus

Regina A. Root

University of Minnesota Press

This epilogue discusses the changes in the use of the Argentine dress codes from being a simple form of a body’s embellishment to a symbol of protest. Dress codes loosened during the twenty-first century, which was evident at the onset of the Argentina’s economic collapse in 2001. During this time, mothers wore their white shawl with embroidered names of their children and employed seamstresses who wore blue smocks in order to rouse awareness in their struggle for human rights. Contemporary political struggles in Argentina have brought about significant shifts in the way fashion is designed, made, consumed, and understood. This chapter then confronts the questions on independence and modern citizenship while keeping in mind the rhetoric of dress.

Keywords:   Argentine dress codes, economic collapse, fashion, modern citizenship, independence

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