Hispanic Designers  
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Fortuny Dress and Belt,1936

The Costume Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Behring Center
contains over 30,000 garments and accessories representing the changing appearance of Americans from the 17th century to the present. The collection illustrates many of the social, cultural technological, and economic influences affecting dress made or worn in America.

Designer-label clothes created by Hispanic designers are well represented in the collection. Two of these designers rarely left Europe, but their creations were purchased and worn mostly by Americans. Other Hispanic designers left their native countries to train or apprentice in Paris and then immigrated to the United States. After learning American techniques in the mass production and marketing of clothing, they became an influential part of the American ready-to-wear industry.

This site features the following designers...