Mexican-American designer uses fashion to celebrate and educate

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we spotlight a Mexican-American fashion designer from Newark, Delaware.

Julieta Zavala was born and raised in Mexico City but discovered her passion for fashion when she moved here more than a decade ago and graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

“It’s important for me to do this because when I started, I missed my country so much,” says Zavala. “I want to represent myself and represent other people, and I feel like buying something they’re familiar with makes them feel good. You feel at home.”

From the colors and imagery to iconic figures like Frida Kahlo, Zavala’s works are both a celebration and a lesson of her culture.

Most of her work is upcycled, like an entire outfit made from an old plastic tablecloth.

Zavala will be at Love Park on Friday, September 30th from 12pm to 5pm. You can shop their clothing and accessories at the 2nd Annual Latin America Vive in Philadelphia.

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