Havana’s La Maison was the scene for the most outlandish, artistic display in Cuba’s fashion history. Replete with recycled materials as fashion items, ornate costumes, big hair and yes, transvestites, the show was a smashing success for the artists involved.
The runway models wore creations consisting of metal discs, cut paper and other recycled goods. The usage of the materials came about as a result of circumstance. Cuba’s lack of raw materials force the artists to think a bit more creatively in terms of what can be used and what is available. The lack of materials did not stop the artists from putting together a very colorful yet markedly different show.
The models wore exaggerated hairstyles as an homage to the island’s hair stylists and Cuban barber Gamarra, the first authorised to practise his profession on the island.
The outfits ranged from outlandish to trashy. Speaking to the Associated Press stylist Gilberto Valladares stated, “We are a cultural project and this is the first experience of its kind.”