This piece was inspired by a dress about death. Miss Mexico wore a controversial dress in the 2007 Miss Universe pageant. The skirt depicted scenes from the Cristero War, an uprising in the 1920s in Mexico. The violent uprising protested anti-clerical laws reinforced by other political agendas including land reform. The effects of the war on Mexico were profound with more than 5,000 people dead and estimates by some that as much as 5 percent of the population fled to the U.S. Among the images on the dress were Roman Catholic rebels hanging from posts, and a man facing a firing squad. The outfit included a bullet-studded belt and crucifix necklaces. Pageant owners had designers remove some of the offending scenes of death and insisted on her adding an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Patron Saint of Mexico) before the contestant was allowed to wear the dress in the pageant.