Educational Resources

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The growing number of educational resources in the website are meant to inform the ways in which the objects in the database are understood by different publics. The glossary is the most basic educational resource, providing definitions and translations of terms that are commonly found in archival records and descriptions of textiles and garments from the period. It also includes notes on terms that are often considered ambiguous and polemic, such as the different words used to describe "fashion" (including "dress" and "costume," for example), as well as some of the debates related to their use. The interpretive essays in this section are short written pieces related to the objects featured in the database, which provide examples of different approaches to these material objects. Finally, the thematic bibliographies include highlighted research publications related to the study of fashion history in Spanish America and beyond. As the research project advances, it is expected that the amount and extent of these educational resources continues to grow.

In the future, Empire of Fashion also aims to include visualizations of trade networks and the traveling of objects in the early modern world, as well as animated recreations of the transformations of trends and the adaptations of European fashions in Spanish America. A potential expansion to include objects from the colonial Americas beyond the Spanish Empire is also under consideration.

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