On our recent visit to Chicago we went and visited The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum. The museum is tucked inside an anonymous looking building, that when we asked a woman who lived in the area for several years where it was located she hadn't even heard of it before.
Once inside of the museum we were impressed with the depth of their collection. The exhibit that we were excited to see was their Rooted in Tradition show. Which is a celebration of their 20th annual Day of the Dead exhibition.
The Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. It is a way for people to remember and celebrate their dead. Which I think is a wonderful way to celebrate the lives of those who you love that have passed away. The families assemble altars that have pictures of the dead, the persons favorite food and drink as well as other items that they enjoyed.
Today in honor of this wonderful Mexican custom I have found some painted and sequined black velveteen outfits and a skirt to share with you. These items were produced and sold in Mexico in the 1950's. They are such beautiful and festive pieces of clothing!
Check out the wonderful outfit pictured above.
This outfit is made out of black velveteen and is hand painted with a silver cityscape over which fireworks are exploding. The painting is detailed with small sequins.
It has a 42" Chest and 31" Waist
This fantastic ensemble is selling for $465- over at Antique Dress
This post was originally published on November 11, 2006.