By Global Voices

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Argentina's Declaration of Independence, Cut.com released the powerful video “100 Years of Beauty: Argentina” (100 años de belleza: Argentina), the 24th video in the 100 Years of Beauty series.

Uploaded to YouTube on 26 October, this tribute to Argentina takes scarcely more than a minute to use the changing trends in feminine beauty to summarise the significant historical events and cultural icons that have marked every decade of Argentinian history since 1910. It is the story of an entire century told in images and symbols.

Revisiting the last century of Argentina's turbulent history, with its times of struggle, hope, numerous recessions, wars and six coup d'états, and then condensing it into such a short video, required a great deal of research by the production team. They had to choose hairstyles, make-up, accessories and appropriate gestures with great care, to demonstrate both the changes in fashion and in the personality and the history of the Argentinian people.

This mini documentary begins with the Modernism era of the early 20th century, bringing out icons like the beloved former first lady Eva Perón, a big symbol in the country's history, and the actress and glamour model Isabel “Coca” Sarli, considered the quintessential sex symbol of Argentina. It then moves to the dark times of... (Read More)

By The Real Argentina

Let’s be honest. Part of the reason gauchos hold such fascination is because they look so damn cool. Driving to an estancia one day I saw two gauchos trotting alongside the country road lazily flicking up their leather whips and smiling briefly as we sped past. They are wearing traditional beret-like boinas and fastened around their midriffs we glimpse hefty knifes in silver sheaths.

I met them later in the only bar in a tiny hamlet and we share Bols (of course). They were wearing bombacha de campo, wide, pleated trousers that tie in around the ankle (like knickbockers). Around their waist is a faja, a patterned strip of woven fabric around two metres long (into which the knife was placed), and on their feet were Alpargatas (espadrilles). Martín and his son Martincito (really) also wore quite a bit of silver and leather. It was a Sunday after all.

Most visitors return from Argentina with some kind of gaucho clothing (I came with pretty much a full set and I’m still waiting for the right fancy dress party). Fajas are beautiful items – tightly woven and look rather good on the wall, and Alpargatas are incredibly useful, and my wife still wears her bombachas for horse riding.

Traditional clothing can be found all over Argentina, especially at the... (Read More)

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