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Made in Mexico opened at the Fashion and Textile Museum on 5th June. The winning outcomes of an exchange project between BA Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts and the fashion and textile department at Universidad Iberoamericano, Mexico City can be seen at this colourful exhibition and celebration of the art of the Rebozo!
The project was initiated by Hilary Simon who has co-curated this showcase of traditional Mexican Rebozo shawls and work from international artists responses to the shawl’s history and weaving process. The exchange project inspired students to examine the cultural heritage of the Mexican Rebozo shawl. Chelsea College of Arts textile students in association with the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico, worked on simultaneous projects.
The Chelsea project took the theme of Mestizos, a Mexican term for the fusion of cultures to inspire designs in weave, knit, print and stitch for a series of ‘ribbons’ to go on show as part of this exhibition. The objective of the UK project was to create a unique colour palette that captured the spirit of an aspect of Mexican culture and its environments.
The projects included a competition element supported by The British Council and the Anglo Mexican foundation. Selected work contributes to the Made in Mexico exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London and goes on to the Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City. The winners will go on a cultural exchange to the University in Mexico City, Iberoamericano, and two students from there will come to London.
The Chelsea final designs were judged by renowned British designer, Zandra Rhodes, specialist Ikat weaver, Mary Restieaux and writer,Chloe Sayer. The Chelsea winning designers, Rose Danford-Phillips and Yixi Cai, developed their designs into contemporary Rebozos for the exhibition in June. More details of the Made in Mexico exhibition and opening times can be found here:
Made in Mexico media coverage
‘The show is perfectly timed’ (Grazia, June 3, 2014)
‘the first ever exhibition focusing on the ‘rebozo’’ (Vogue, May 22, 2014) more
‘a powerful symbol of Mexican culture and national identity’ (Good Housekeeping, June 11, 2014) more
‘very well curated… artwork from greats such as Graciela Iturbide’ (Huffington Post, June 9, 2014) more
‘the full enchilada’ (Time Out, June 4, 2014) more
‘Don’t miss… The most famous proponent of the rebozo… artist Frida Kahlo’ (Art Fund, June 2014) more
‘Rebozos mexicanos colorean museo de Londres’ (El Universal, June 5, 2014) more
Rare rebozos from the Museo Franz Mayer on show in London (Milenio, June 4, 2014) more
‘Fashion for revolutionaries… how the colourful rebozo scarf changed the course of Mexican history’ (Daily Mail, May 28, 2014) more
‘Visten rebozos a londinenses’ (Reforma, June 4, 2014)
‘London’s Fashion and Textile Museum … partnering with Mexico City’s Museo Franz Mayer’ (Design Week, June 6, 2014) more
‘the role textiles have played in promoting Mexican culture worldwide’ (Telegraph Luxury, June 7, 2014) more