San Antonio – To celebrate the lives and memories of deceased friends and family members, Goodwill San Antonio will host its second Dia de los Muertos Fashion Show this weekend.
San Antonio resident Agosto Cuellar has been designing and creating Day of the Dead inspired pieces for months.
“We collect donated things and reuse them. I added some glitter to them.
The local fashion designer and Goodwill San Antonio team member’s work will be showcased at this year’s Marigold Walk Fashion Show at Muertosfest.
Marigolds, also known as sempastilles, line the fashion show stage. These flowers adorn Day of the Dead altars and bring the souls of deceased loved ones back to the world of the living.
“This is our second year at Muertos Fest, and we plan to take it to the next level,” says Cuellar.
Cuellar created about 13 costumes, from headpieces to dresses. All came from the Goodwill store.
“Because of good intentions, we have had the opportunity to use donated sustainable materials to make fashion and use them to make beautiful things,” says Cuellar.
Members of the Goodwill team and Good Career Academy instructors and students model the costumes for the show.
The inspiration behind Cuellar’s work is his family.
“My grandmother Lucia taught me to sew when I was three or four. She taught me how to thread,” said Cuellar.
As the event draws nearer, Cuellar says the celebration is special to him.
“When I was a kid, I remember my grandpa and grandma building altars for the deceased. What they meant, what they loved when they were alive, what they cherished.” The thing, the thing they hold dear: life,” said Cuellar.
And the designer has a message for those who want to do something similar.
“Keep your passion alive.
The fashion show will follow the procession on Stage 2 near the Alamo and César Chavez at Hemisfair on October 29th at 7pm.
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