Palacio de Hierro Exhibits National Designers’ Raw Creations
By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
The Palacio de Hierro Polanco store on Tuesday, Jan. 17, opened an exhibit of one-of-a-kind fashion creations by 50 Mexican designers constructed from traditional Mexican stiff, unbleached muslin cotton.
The collection, titled “Punta de Partido: Modas, Tramas y Textiles” (“Take-off Point: Fashion, Patterns and Textiles”), is on loan from the Javier Marín Foundation’s San Pedro Factory Cultural Center in Uruapan, Michoacán, where it was first exhibited in April last year as part of the center’s inauguration.
The central Mexican state of Michoacán has been a cloth production center since the 16th century, and the building that houses the San Pedro Factory Cultural Center was a major cotton cloth factory during the 1800s.
In an effort to highlight the vast and multifaceted creativity of Mexican fashion, each of the participating designers was given 10 meters of the starched cotton and invited to produce their own three-dimensional couture prototypes.
The collection ranges from works of avant-garde dernier cue and abstract futurist designs to classic silhouettes that reflect the nation’s golden age and pre-Hispanic history.
The stunning Palacio de Hierro exhibit, which is spread out across the passageways of the Polanco store, will be open to the public free-of-charge through Wednesday, Feb. 15.