That's because the majority of Peruvians live in
cities and urban centers now rather than rural areas and are influenced
by television, movies, and magazines from the rest of the Western World.
On the other hand, away from the cities you will still find a measure
of traditional Peruvian clothing used by women and sometimes the men.
This is usually in the Andes region where the people are less
influenced by the Western world.
Also, for festivals, holidays, and general dressing-up occasions, you
will probably see a variety of designs, cuts, and colors that is
typically Peruvian and
culturally reflects Peru's history and heritage.
Traditional Peruvian Textiles and Clothing
In the past centuries there were
a number of more or less dominating civilizations
in Peru. Each of them surely had a distinctive style. Some of the modes of dress can be seen
in a few preserved textiles but are more usually found depicted in pottery
or other more durable art.
Artists and designers draw freely from these influences of traditional
Peruvian textiles and clothing.
Unfortunately, as in any country, much of the clothing of
other Peruvian cultures with less durable art has not survived and can only be guessed at from some
few pieces of archaeological importance.
Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire.
~ William Penn
For a more complete look at some of the styles that have survived, see
Traditional Peruvian Textiles and Clothing.
Modern Day Peruvian Textiles and Clothing
styles commonly worn in Peru every day are similar to what is worn in
other countries, clothing by designers in Peru, of course, exhibits the
individual characteristics that identify the particular artist designing those styles.
Many of the clothing designers from Peru openly attribute their design style
to the culture heritage surrounding them, drawing freely from the Inca
patterns, their stone cutting shapes
and images of plants and animals, and also the dress and colors
popular at the traditional fiestas, holidays, and parties of Peru.
Peruvian Clothing Designers
Some of those who attribute their designs to Peruvian heritage
currently at the cutting edge of Peruvian designers are:
- Elfer Castro - reflects his Cusco heritage
- Gleny Castro
- Ricardo Davila Cherres - derived from costume design
found in cultural presentations and festivals
- Meche Correa - designer and artist
- Lucia Cubas
- Ana Maria Guiulfo
- Nando Mesia
Some of the up-and-coming younger designers include Emma Giovanna
Sanchez Montoya, who was selected to attend the well-known
Istituto Marangoni in Milan, Paris and London, and to present her
fashions at the Pret-a-Porter fashion shows in January 2011.
Where to Find Designer and Other Peruvian Clothing
Mainly, you will find the best clothing designed in Peru in Lima and
Cusco. Other major cities have their own select clothing makers but
most end up in the hot spot of Peru fashion, Lima.
Where to find haut couture Peruvian clothing in
- Av. Conquistadores in San Isidro, Lima
- Calle Berlin in Miraflores, Lima
Where to find designer Peruvian clothing in Cusco:
- Calle Palacio, Cusco
- Carmen Alto street in San Blas, Cusco
- Near Plaza Regocijo, Cusco