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.

Fellowships, Awards & Grants

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. 

Please direct all awards questions and applications to awards@dresshistorians.org.

2021 ADH Book of the Year

The Association of Dress Historians (ADH) is delighted to announce that the following seven books have been shortlisted for the 2021 ADH Book of the Year.

The Adorned Body: Mapping Ancient Maya Dress, Nicholas Carter, Stephen D. Houston, and Franco D. Rossi, University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas, United States, 2020.

Libertine Fashion: Sexual Freedom, Rebellion, and Style, Adam Geczy and Vicki Karaminas, Bloomsbury, London, England, 2020.

Stuart Style: Monarchy, Dress and the Scottish Male Elite, Maria Hayward, Yale University Press, London, England, 2020.

Japanese Dress in Detail, Josephine Rout with Anna Jackson, Thames and Hudson, in Association with The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, 2020.

Worn: Footwear, Attachment and the Affects of Wear, Ellen Sampson, Bloomsbury, London, England, 2020.

Paris Fashion and World War Two: Global Diffusion and Nazi Control, Lou Taylor and Marie McLoughlin, Bloomsbury, London, England, 2020.

Carnival to Catwalk: Global Reflections on Fancy Dress Costume, Benjamin Linley Wild, Bloomsbury, London, England, 2020.

Each member of The Association of Dress Historians was invited to nominate a book for this award. From the longlist, the seven members of the ADH Awards Sub-Committee curated the shortlist.

This non-monetary award celebrates a dress history book that was published between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020. Any book was eligible that was published in English by either established, independent, or self presses, based anywhere in the world. The book topic must fall within the wide definition of the history of dress, textiles, and accessories of any culture and region of the world, from before classical antiquity to the present day.

The winner of the 2021 ADH Book of the Year will be announced at the ADH Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 6 December 2021.

The Association of Dress Historians Award

This non-monetary award celebrates an outstanding article that was published in The Journal of Dress History during 2021. Published authors are automatically entered for this award. The award winner will be announced in 2022.

The Association of Dress Historians Postgraduate Article Award

This £250 award includes mentorship by the ADH Awards Sub-Committee. To apply, submit an academic paper between 4000 words (minimum) and 6000 words (maximum), which includes footnotes but excludes the required 150–word (maximum) abstract, five (minimum) images with references, bibliography, and 150–word (maximum) author’s biography. This award requires that the winning paper is published in The Journal of Dress History. Currently enrolled students only can apply. Submit an article and proof of student status to awards@dresshistorians.org by the deadline 1 November 2021.

The Madeleine Ginsburg Internship Grant

Madeleine Ginsburg (1928-2020) was a pioneering dress historian, museum curator, and longstanding member of The Association of Dress Historians. In 1957, Madeleine was hired by The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, as its first curator of dress, long before the discipline of dress history was firmly established in academic and museological circles. Her new position symbolised a shift in the museum toward a slow but important acknowledgement of the importance of dress within the greater research area of art and design. In 2017, the ADH established The Madeleine Ginsburg Grant 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 £250 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. Currently enrolled students only can apply. Two awards are available of £250 each. Submit an application to awards@dresshistorians.org by the deadline 1 November 2021. Due to the current covid pandemic circumstances, this award can be utilised at any time during 2022. (The application deadline, though, remains 1 November 2021.)

The Aileen Ribeiro Image Grant

Professor Emerita Aileen Ribeiro was Head of The Department of Dress History at The Courtauld Institute of Art, 1975-2009. She is also Patron Emerita 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, bibliography, 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. Submit an application to awards@dresshistorians.org by the deadline 1 November 2021.

The ADH Awards Sub–Committee has granted the following monetary accolades.

2020 ADH STUDENT
FELLOWSHIPS


Eanna Morrison Barrs
Stockholm University
Stockholm, Sweden

Irene Calvi
The University of Bologna
Bologna, Italy

Zara Kesterton
The University of Cambridge
Cambridge, England

Caroleen Molenaar
The University of Leicester
Leicester, England

Sofia Nadjimov
Parsons School of Design
New York, United States

Lynda Xepoleas
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York, United States

2019 ADH STUDENT
FELLOWSHIPS


Irene Calvi

The University of Turin
Turin, Italy

Olga Dritsopoulou
The Victoria and Albert/
Royal College of Art
London, England

Amy–Louise Holton
The University of Brighton
Brighton, England

Katharine Lawden
The University of Oxford
Oxford, England

Milly Westbrook
The University of Brighton
Brighton, England

2018 ADH STUDENT
FELLOWSHIPS


Emmy Sale

The University of Brighton
Brighton, England

Mariza Galindo
Parsons School of Design
New York, United States

Stefan Zaric
The University of Belgrade
Belgrade, Serbia

THE MADELEINE GINSBURG GRANT


2019:

Amelia Brookins
Globe Theatre Library and Archive
London, England

2018:
Madeleine Luckel
The Costume Institute
New York, New York, United States

THE ASSOCIATION OF DRESS HISTORIANS AWARD


2020, First Prize:

Jessica Rose Harpley, with the article, “Glittering Baubles: An Examination of Chatelaines in Britain, 1839–1900,” published in the Autumn 2020 issue of The Journal of Dress History.

2020, Second Prize:
Angela Lassig, with the article, “William Clark (1830–1902): A Colonial New Zealand Draper and Clothier, 1854–1888,” published in the Summer 2020 issue of The Journal of Dress History.

2020, Honourable Mention:
Allie Yamaguchi, with the article, “‘Thing to Wear’ to ‘Thing to Undress:’ Representation of Japanese Kimonos in Late Victorian Paintings,” published in the Spring 2020 issue of The Journal of Dress History.

2020, Honourable Mention:
Harper Franklin, with the article, “The Supreme Law for the Hat Is To Be Ravishing: The Theatre Hat Controversy in the United States, 1880–1900,” published in the Winter 2020 issue of The Journal of Dress History.

2018:
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.

2017:
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


2018:

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.

2017:
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.

THE AILEEN RIBEIRO GRANT


2020:

Elizabeth L. Block, with the article, “Gowns and Mansions: French Fashion in New York Homes during the Late Nineteenth Century,” published in the Spring 2021 issue of The Journal of Dress History.

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