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21 Latino Designers You Need to Know

Fashionista or not, you might be delighted to know that some of the world’s biggest designers have Latino roots like your own. From big household names like Manolo Blahnik, Carolina Herrera to Oscar de la Renta and then some, Latinos have managed to carve out a space for their designs and culture in the fashion world. Here’s a list:

1. Mariano Fortuny

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Fortuny was a Spanish fashion designer whose career spanned the years between 1906 and 1946. At the time he managed and designed for his couture house.

2. Cristobal Balenciaga

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The Spanish designer and founder of the Balenciaga fashion house rose to fame by designing for Spanish aristocrats. He eventually moved his shop to Paris.

3. Manolo Blahnik

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The Canary Island designer gained popularity thanks to “Sex and the City.” The Spanish designer never studied shoe designer formally and learned his skills by visiting shoe factories. 

4. Antonio Del Castillo

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The Spanish costume designer won an Academy Award for creating costumes for the film “Nicholas and Alexandra” in 1971. del Castillo studied at the Colegio del Pilar in Madrid.

5. Luis Estevez

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Esteves designed numerous wives notable political leaders including First Lady Betty Ford and Princess Grace of Monaco. He also dressed Natalie Wood and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

6. Adolfo Sardi

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Adolfo was a milliner and worked in hat workshops in Paris for Balenciaga and Chanel. From Cardenas, Cuba, Adolfo started his career in fashion after encouragement from his aunt who had a fondness for French couture. 

7. Francisco Costa

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The Brazilian designer worked for Oscar de la Renta for some time before moving to design for Calvin Klein. There he oversaw the women’s collections.

8. Oscar De La Renta

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One of the greatest fashion icons of his time, Oscar de la Renta, used his culture and Dominican upbringing to inspire most of his designs. De La Renta studied painting in Spain.

9. Carolina Herrera

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The Venezuelan designer has dressed celebrity likes Sofia Vergara to Penelope Cruz. She grew up wearing made-to-order clothing and was inspired to design after seeing a Balenciaga fashion show at thirteen.

10. Custo Barcelona

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The Custo Barcelona brand was created by Spanish brothers David and Dalmau Custo. The two designers presented collections during the NYFW spring 1997 season. 

11. Narciso Rodriguez

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This Cuban-American’s minimalistic caught the industry’s eye when he designed John F. Kennedy Jr.’s wife, Carolyn Bessette, wedding dress. He was later awarded Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

12. John Galliano

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The controversial Spanish designer restored houses like Christian Dior and Givenchy back to fame with his designs in the 1990s. 

13. Lazaro Hernandez

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The Cuban-American designer moved to in New York to get into fashion. His styles have been featured in Vogue.

14. Isabel Toledo

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Toledo is another Cuban-American desginer. She studied design at  Parson’s New School of Design and FIT. She dressed Michelle Obama for the first time back in 2008 for her appearance at a New York City fashion world fund-raiser. 

15. Carlos Miele

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The Brazilian fashion designer sells his labels in over 30 countries. He specializes in women’s wear. 

16. Alejandro Ingelmo

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Like his Cuban grandmother, Ingelmo is a shoe designer. He won Swarovski Award for Accessory Design by the CFDA in 2014.

17. Margarita Alvarez

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The “Project Runway” designer from San Juan Puerto Rico specializes in designs for people of all shapes and sizes. Her designs most intriguing aspects have included her runway looks which are infused with her Latino root.s

18. Christian Cota

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The Mexican designer studied painting in Paris before he attended Parsons School of Design in 2005. After school, he started his career by assisting for Angel Sanchez. Style.com named Cota one of their “Ten Newcomers to Watch” of 2007.

19. Brian Reyes

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The designer from Miami moved toNew York when he was 17 to work for designer Oscar de la Renta. These days he has dressed actresses like Cate Blanchett and America Ferrera.

20. Carlos Campos

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The Honduran designer founded his company back in 2006. Before that, he graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and designed costumes for Broadway productions 

21. Rebecca Stirm

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Stirm competed on the Jamaican fashion design reality show “Mission Catwalk” back in 2012. At the time she placed third. Three years later she launched her brand TWIG & PEARL.


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Fans Think This Photo Of Barbie Is Proof She’s An Out And Proud Lesbian

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Fans Think This Photo Of Barbie Is Proof She’s An Out And Proud Lesbian

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The fact that the early days of Barbie were not quite so inclusive to all of us comes as no surprise. The blonde, impossibly figured doll with a penchant for similar-looking friends is a far cry away from the Barbie of today who has friends of all shapes, races, sizes, sexual identities, and abilities. Even better, today’s Barbie crew includes dolls who give queer children a broader playgound for their imagination.

Recently, Barbie has added a new addition to her friend group whose bringing more power to her LGTBQ fans.

Social media has dubbed the LGBTQ positive Aimee Song doll Barbie‘s girlfriend.

Twitter’s latest excitement is about a theory that Barbie and Aimee Song are dating. Photos of Mattel’s doll Aimee Song doll show her wearing a “Love Wins” T-shirt that supports LGBTQ+ rights. The Mattel doll was inspired by fashion blogger Aimee Song and recently caught renewed attention in a viral post shared to Twitter.

The “Love Wins” photos are only now going viral but were actually released in November 2017.

The photos of Barbie and the Aimee doll were shared to Twitter last Monday by user @kissevermore and now has Twitter debating whether the two are dating.

The pictures of Barbie and Aimee show the two dolls eating avocado toast. petting a dog, and smiling at each other. The images have fans questioning when Barbie came out and how she managed to nail a hot girlfriend before they did.

Even REAL Aimee Song weighed in on the images to confirm the relationship.

“I am the girlfriend,” she tweeted with a photo of herself and the Aimee Song doll. 

While Mattel has yet to officially identify Barbie as a lesbian, the original Instagram posts related to the Love Wins Barbies are proof that she is at least an ally.

Confirmed or not, true or not, one of the best parts of Barbie is that she is meant to be whoever her fans want her to be.

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Christina Haswood Wore Traditional Navajo Clothing Made By Her Bisabuela To Her Swearing-In Ceremony And It Was The Most Powerful Look Of 2021 So Far

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Christina Haswood Wore Traditional Navajo Clothing Made By Her Bisabuela To Her Swearing-In Ceremony And It Was The Most Powerful Look Of 2021 So Far

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Newly elected member of the Kansas House of Representatives, Christina Haswood, paid tribute to her heritage on the day of her swearing-in ceremony with the ultimate power look. Dressed in traditional Navajo attire, the 26-year-old made history on Monday when she became the  youngest member of the Kansas legislature, and only its second Native American member. 

Haswood took her oath of office wearing traditional Diné regalia which she made with the help of her mother, and partner.

Wearing moccasins, a velveteen skirt, and a red blouse embellished with silver string made a point to highlight her heritage and identity. Speaking to Vogue in an interview about her clothing, Haswood explained that she “wanted to honor my ancestors and all their sacrifices for me to be here and in this job. I wanted to honor my family, who has taught me how to be a strong, young, Diné woman while growing up in Lawrence, Kansas.” 

In addition to her dress, Haswood wore heirlooms given to her by family members which included a squash blossom necklace, a belt given to her by her uncle, and an additional belt given to her by her shimá sání (grandmother). Her great grandmother also gave her the earrings she wore. In addition, she wore a tsiiyéé (a Navajo-style hair tie) that she made with her shimá sání.

“The significance of these pieces are priceless,” Haswood explained to Vogue. “Many of the pieces I wore that day only come out on special occasions, because of how old they are. I don’t have the funds to be a collector, so many of my pieces have been passed down to my mother, who lets me borrow them.”

Haswood gave a behind-the-scenes look of her swearing-in attire on a TikTok video that has gone viral with more than 500,000 views.

In the video, Haswood readies her hair and does her makeup before eventually getting help from her mother and grandmother to get dressed.

Haswood won the Democratic primary after running unopposed for a seat in the Kansas state legislature that represents District 10.

With degrees in public health from Haskell Indian Nations University and Arizona State University, Haswood also received a master’s degree in public health management from the Kansas University Medical Center.

At the moment, she also serves as a research assistant with the National Council of Urban Indian Health and the Center for American Indian Community Health. There she studies nicotine addiction in tribal youth and researches the impact of COVID-19 on indigenous groups.

“Just two years ago I was in graduate school, and my greatest worries were about getting a job and student loans,” Haswood said in an interview with the Daily Kansan. “Today, the world has changed.”

According to Esquire, four Native candidates ran for office in Kansas. This week, each of them won their primary elections.

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