The Color of Fashion: Cracking the Cultural Color Codes

Feb 26, 2020 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

ART 1.110

Free and Open to the Public

What is it about blue that makes it a crowd favorite? Why not wear that red dress to your next job interview? Colors are emotional triggers, weaving complex social, cultural, and political messages into the clothes we wear everyday, our second skin. From white for mourning loved ones to the gendering of pink and blue in the early 20th century, the symbolism and significance of the colors varies greatly across world history. Join fashion industry professionals Michelle Washington and Xitlalt Herrera- Salazar to explore the ever-evolving stereotypes for gender, race, age, and class- and crack open the color codes of fashion. 


Xitlalt Herrera- Salazar is the president and founder of X level Inc. based in San Antonio, Texas, and the former Public Relations Manager for Neiman Marcus. In addition, to her extensive work curating, styling, and covering fashion events, she is the Regional Director for Fashion Group International, Inc. Her mission is to grow the fashion industry in our region by creating economic development through the cultivation of the fashion industry. 

Michelle Washington is a seasoned fashion industry professional based in Austin, Texas, with experience in fashion retail, fashion marketing, technical design, and product development with companies such as Nike, Ralph Lauren, and Abercrombie and Fitch. She is currently a TV Style Expert and Fashion Stylist with companies such as Netflix, and a GQ Magazine Insider with appearances on FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, and Spectrum News. 

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