Centro Cultural Carlos Acereto
Today I went looking for a needle in a haystack… AKA an attractive ensemble to wear to a Bicentennial costume party. I had criteria too; I wanted the outfit to be original, not too hot, and (if possible) it might make me look a little slimmer. Where does one go to find such a garment? To the “Centro Cultural Carlos Acereto”, of course!
It’s at the intersection of Calle 55 and Calle 38; the cultural center has a costume outlet that supplies many of the city’s dancers with their gorgeous stage clothes. Trajes regionales from all the states in the country can be rented. They carry more than one selection from the states like Oaxaca and Chiapas that have more than one special outfit.
As well there are “period costumes” such as turn-of-the-20th Century gowns, wedding dresses and slinky Salsa outfits. I saw one black sheath that made me think of Tina Modotti (the famous Italian photographer who lived in Mexico City during the late 1920s and 1930s) There’s just one problem… the costumes are for dancers and so “Extra Grande” is about a size 8. Nonetheless, a lot of the styles are meant to be worn loose so there is something for every figure type.
My friend Cathy had a little more luck than I did… She got a fabulous white lace creation. Since I have a lot of full skirts and colorful peasant blouses, beads and hair ornaments at home… we were set! We made a final stop at a sewing goods store, bought some red cord and hurried home to see how we looked. Well, the hair color is a “few” shades to light and we figure a dark pencil will take care of the lack of eyebrows.
If you’re guessing that we are going to attempt to disguise ourselves as Frida, you’d be right… but we’re taking it a step further and are going dressed as one of her paintings: “Las Dos Fridas.” So in two weeks time, Writing From Merida will post a picture of “las Dos Fridas Gueras” – “The Two Blonde Fridas”
If you too are looking to dress up for the Bicentennial… check out the “Centro Cultural Carlos Acereto”… I bet you’ll find something that’s just right for you.