MFIT Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 – October 15, 2023

light pink embossed leather suit and a hot pink flamenco inspired dress
(L) Sanchez-Kane, Mamado Suit, fall 2019, Mexico, museum purchase, 2022.10.1 (R) Esteban Cortazar, dress, fall 2019, France, gift of Tanya Melendez-Escalante, 2022.37.2

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually in the United States. It begins on September 15, the day when a number of Latin American nations, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, commemorate their independence. Following closely, Mexico and Chile mark their independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Additionally, within this month, Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day, also known as Día de la Raza, is observed on October 12.

Past Exhibitions Featuring Designers of Hispanic Heritage

black and white image of a woman wearing a piece by isabel toledo

Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out

June 17–September 26, 2009

close up of a striped black and dark blue dress

Global Fashion Capitals

June 2–November 14, 2015

Latin American Fashion: Exploring the Identities on the New York Runway

March 5–April 13, 2002

Toledo/Toledo: A Marriage of Art and Fashion

January 27–April 25, 1998

Past Events


Narratives About Mexico in Fashion Exhibitions | video

‘The Traces of Use’: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo | video 

Mexican Rose | video + podcast

Fashion Culture Special Programs

Blancopop: Styling Celebrities

Gabriela Hearst in Conversation with Valerie Steele | video + podcast

Curating Frida Kahlo: Fashion & Prosthetics | video 

Stella Jean in Conversation with Valerie Steele | video

The Venezuelan Diaspora and Fashion | photos + video

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco Q&A | video + podcast

Narciso Rodriguez in conversation with Dr. Valerie Steele | photos

Maria Cornejo in Conversation with Patricia Mears | photos + video

Film Screening: Latin American Film Festivals

Agatha Ruiz De La Prada | video

Sybilla in Conversation with Valerie Steele | video

Stella Jean in Conversation with Ariele Elia and Elizabeth Way | video

Almodóvar and Fashion | video

The Mexican Fashion Revolution with Carla Fernandez | video


Recipients of The Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion of Hispanic Heritage