The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at The University of Texas at Austin is proud to sponsor a public symposia series to be held in the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. This gathering of leading scholars from diverse disciplines is designed to facilitate and further conversations central to the changing field of Mexican American studies. The title of the third symposium is "Fashionistas Fabulos@s" and is scheduled to take place November 7-8, 2013.
The symposium will critically consider bodily aesthetics as they manifest in style and fashion practices. The politics and practices of adornment and accessorizing are historically an integral part of Latino/a and minoritarian communal formations, and the panelists focus on materiality and expression as they intersect with notions of race, place,and gender. Headlined by Project Runway's Mondo Guerra, the presentations range from examining Juan Gabriel's queer aesthetics of performance to fat positive fashion and self representation, this two-day symposium will address questions of embodied politics and Latino/a aesthetics as a lived realities.
Opening Reception, 5:30 p.m.
Welcome, 6:30 p.m.
Keynote Conversation, 6:45 p.m.
After a runner-up finish on Lifetime's "Project Runway" season eight, Mondo Guerra went on to claim victory on the debut season of "Project Runway All Stars." His innovative style and bold designs have captured the fashion world's imagination, while his work in HIV/AIDS education has helped cultivate the important conversation about the epidemic. Mondo is a fifth-generation Mexican American from Denver, Colorado, who credits music, visual arts, and his cultural upbringing as major factors in his work as a fashion designer.