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. ADH memberships are £10 per year and can be obtained here.

All applications are due by 11:59pm GMT, 1 November 2020 to awards@dresshistorians.org.

The Association of Dress Historians Student Fellowships

The ADH will not be accepting applications for Student Fellowships in 2020 as the ADH is creating a new system of volunteers, which will be launched in 2021.

The Association of Dress Historians Award

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.

The Madeleine Ginsburg 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 £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.

The Aileen Ribeiro Grant

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.

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


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.

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