ADH membership is open to anyone who has an interest in dress and textile histories. Membership is only 10.00 GBP per year and is valid from the date of purchase.
The support of our Members helps us to benefit scholarship with our conferences and events, Awards, and to operate The Journal of Dress History.
The Association of Dress Historians is a non–profit educational charity run by teams of volunteers. All passionately committed to the study and dissemination of dress and textiles histories, you can meet them and read more about their interests in the sidebar links on this page.
In 1965, The Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London) established the first academic course in Dress History. Stella Mary Newton headed the course until 1975, when Aileen Ribeiro assumed the role. In 1991, under Aileen Riberio’s tenure, The Courtauld History of Dress Association (CHODA) was founded by MA degree graduates in Dress History at The Courtauld Institute, who wished to encourage the continued study of dress and textile history, support the Dress History course and financially support for its students.
In early 2011, as a consequence of the successful growth of degree programmes concerned with dress and textile history and greater general interest in the discipline, it was felt appropriate to open membership beyond the MA course at The Courtauld. In 2011, CHODA was renamed The Association of Dress Historians (ADH) and registered with The Charity Commission for England and Wales, officially opening the charity as an organisation for public benefit.
The logo of The Association of Dress Historians was designed in 2017 by Janet Mayo, ADH Patron.
The logo is a monogram of ADH, the interwoven letters represent the interdisciplinary nature of the charity’s values and interests.