Dress was a marker of identity to the peoples of Mesoamerica before the Spanish invasion. To the Aztecs, the wearing of appropriate clothing was strictly controlled by both custom and law. For the Maya, dress took both the ephemeral nature of objects of adornment and a more permanent role as an item of display in imagery and glyphic texts. These five books discuss how the early Indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica shared a variety of practices and aesthetic interests. In pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, dress was an important tool for communicating political and social status and power, gender and sexuality, as well as ethnic, regional, and religious identities.
About The Author
Laura specializes in the history of art and fashion in the early modern Spanish World. She is a doctoral candidate at the College of William and Mary and received her MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design. Her dissertation explores the adoption and adaptation of European fashions, their fusion with local Indigenous elements of dress, and their representation in portraits and pictures of types in the Viceroyalty of New Granada in the second half of the eighteenth century.