The Association of Dress Historians supports and promotes the study and professional practice of the history of dress, textiles, and accessories of all cultures and regions of the world, from before classical antiquity to the present day.
The constitution of The Association of Dress Historians (ADH) stipulates that the objective of our charity is to support and promote the study and professional practice of dress and textile history. To support that objective, a programme has been established that includes monetary fellowships, awards, and grants.
ADH members are encouraged to apply. Non–members must become a member of The Association of Dress Historians before submitting an awards application as only applications from current ADH members will be considered. ADH memberships are £10 per year and can be obtained here.
All applications are due by 11:59pm GMT, 1 November 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every year, Student Fellowships are awarded to applicants studying dress history. The aim of the Fellowships is to offer students and recent graduates an opportunity to gain skills relevant to a career in dress history, in return for helping to deliver ADH constitutional objectives. Applicants will receive a bursary in three instalments totalling £300, free entry to the ADH conferences at which they assist, and a year-long titled role within ADH. In return, awarded Fellows will be asked to agree to undertake a specific set of organisational tasks within ADH, as laid out in their Fellowship Agreement. The Fellowship is open to currently enrolled part–time or full–time Undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD students, or those who have graduated within 12 months prior to the application deadline. To make an application, simply provide a covering letter detailing which of the following Fellowship roles you would like to apply for, and why you feel you are suited to the role. Fellowship roles include Editorial Assistant (supporting The Journal of Dress History), Digital Communications Assistant (supporting ADH social media and communications strategies), and Conference Assistant (supporting ADH conferences). Please include a list of your dress history research interests, your name, postal address, email address, university affiliation with proof of enrolment status and/or graduation date, and details of a nominated referee from the same institution who is willing to be contacted by the ADH. Fellowships will be appointed on merit of applications as judged by the ADH Awards Sub-Committee and Executive Committee in alignment with the ADH constitution. ADH reserves the right to suspend granting awards if suitable applications are not made.
This annual award was established to support those studying or working in the field of dress history. There is no traditional application process for this award as every year the Awards Sub–Committee will choose the best article published in The Journal of Dress History, the academic publication of The Association of Dress Historians. To qualify for this award, simply submit an article to The Journal of Dress History, and if it is published then it will be automatically entered into competition for this award and its maximum £500 prize.
In 1957, The Victoria and Albert Museum appointed its first curator of dress, Madeleine Ginsburg, who is a longstanding member of The Association of Dress Historians. This grant was established in her honour. This grant is specifically designed for a student who is undergoing an unpaid, voluntary role in a museum or archive that specifically focuses on dress or textiles. The student’s voluntary work must not form part of their study, ie, is not supported by their university. To submit an application for this £300 grant to support a student’s curatorial or archival internship, send a letter that explains why you are applying for the grant and where you have been accepted for an internship. Also, include a reference letter from an academic supervisor or professor.
Professor Emeritus Aileen Ribeiro was Head of The Department of Dress History at The Courtauld Institute of Art from 1975 to 2009. She is also the Patron of The Association of Dress Historians. This grant was established in her honour and supports the purchase of book images. As part of the application process, please provide proof that your book has been accepted for publication and that the publisher has indicated a monetary requirement in order to publish the ideal number of images. The applicant must indicate in their application exactly which images need to be purchased, from which institution, and at what cost. To submit an application for The Aileen Ribeiro Grant and its maximum £500 prize, please also send an academic paper (based on the book for which you are applying). Academic papers must be between 4000 words (minimum) and 6000 words (maximum), which includes footnotes but excludes the required 150–word (maximum) abstract, five (minimum) images with references, the tiered bibliography (that separates Primary Sources, Secondary Sources, Internet Sources, et cetera), and 150–word (maximum) author’s biography. This grant requires that all winning papers are published in The Journal of Dress History. As authors published in The Journal of Dress History maintain the copyright to their journal article, there is no conflict between that which is published in The Journal of Dress History and that which is published as part of the book for which this grant is awarded.
The ADH Awards Sub–Committee has granted the following monetary accolades.
ADH Student Fellowships
Irene Calvi, University of Turin
Olga Dritsopoulou, V&A/Royal College of Art
Amy–Louise Holton, University of Brighton
Katharine Lawden, University of Oxford
Milly Westbrook, University of Brighton
Mariza Galindo, Parsons School of Design
Emmy Sale, University of Brighton
Stefan Zaric, University of Belgrade
The Madeleine Ginsburg Grant
Madeleine Luckel, New York University
The Association of Dress Historians Award
Erica Munkwitz, with the article, “Wearing the Breeches:Riding Clothes and Women’s Work during the First World War,” published in the Winter 2018 issue of The Journal of Dress History.
Sarah Magill, with the article, “Standardised or Simplified? The Effect of Government–Imposed Restrictions on Women’s Clothing Manufacture and Design during the Second World War,” published in the Summer 2018 issue of The Journal of Dress History.
The Stella Mary Newton Prize
Lucie Whitmore, with the article, “‘Chic Rag–and–Tatter Modes:’ Remnant Fashions during the First World War,” published in the Winter 2018 issue of The Journal of Dress History.
Nora Ellen Carleson, with the article, “Harry Collins and the Birth of American Fashion, 1910–1950,” published in the Summer 2018 issue of The Journal of Dress History.
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