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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.

Executive Committee

Aileen Ribeiro
Aileen Ribeiro, Patron

Professor Emeritus Aileen Ribeiro is Patron of The Association of Dress Historians. She read history at King’s College, London, followed by an MA and PhD at The Courtauld Institute of Art. She was Head of The Department of Dress History at The Courtauld Institute of Art from 1975 to 2009. She lectures widely and has acted as costume consultant/contributor to many major museum exhibitions in Great Britain, Europe, and North America. Professor Emeritus Ribeiro has published many books and articles on various aspects of the history of dress, including The Art of Dress: Fashion in England and France 1750–1820 (1995); Dress and Morality (2003); Fashion and Fiction: Dress in Art and Literature in Stuart England (2006); Facing Beauty: Painted Women and Cosmetic Art (2011); A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery (with Cally Blackman) (2015); and Clothing Art: The Visual Culture of Fashion, 1600–1914 (2017).

Jennifer Daley
Jennifer Daley, Chairman and Trustee

Jennifer Daley is Chairman and Trustee of The Association of Dress Historians and Editor–in–Chief of The Journal of Dress History. Jennifer researches the political, economic, industrial, technological, and cultural history of clothing and textiles. She is a university lecturer, who teaches the history of dress and décor, fashion/luxury business/history, and other courses to BA, MA, MSc, and MBA students at several universities. Jennifer is a PhD candidate at King’s College London, where she is analysing sailor uniforms and nautical fashion. Jennifer earned an MA in Art History from The Department of Dress History at The Courtauld Institute of Art, a BTEC in Millinery (history, design, and construction) at Kensington and Chelsea College, an MA from King’s College London, and a BA from The University of Texas at Austin. Jennifer can be reached at email chairman@dresshistorians.org.

Tara Tierney
Tara Tierney, Secretary and Trustee

Tara Tierney is Secretary and Trustee of The Association of Dress Historians. She holds an MA in the History and Culture of Fashion, from London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Her Master’s dissertation focused on the early British House Music culture, 1987–1991, and explored women’s identity within this culture through dress and the roles women held. Her present position is at Net–A–Porter, where she manages the digitisation and annotation of the Net–A–Porter Catwalk Archive, which is a collection of over 5500 hours of catwalk footage and interviews, covering all four major fashion weeks, 1979–2010. Tara can be reached at email secretary@dresshistorians.org.

Jane Shepard
Jane Shepard, Treasurer and Trustee

Jane is Treasurer and Trustee of The Association of Dress Historians. She is a PhD candidate at The University of Brighton, studying the history of design education in schools, 1988–2012. Her research project investigates groups that have been involved in design curriculum development and its components, including fashion and textiles. Jane studied at The University of Brighton for her undergraduate degree in the History of Decorative Arts and Crafts, and for her MA in the History of Design and Material Culture. Her research interests include the history of design, formal and informal experiences of design education and the material culture of the everyday. Jane has worked in finance for a number of years, and in research support and development at The British Library. Jane can be reached at email treasurer@dresshistorians.org.

Janet Mayo, Executive Committee Member and Trustee

Janet Mayo is a member of the Executive Committee of The Association of Dress Historians, a Trustee, and she chairs the ADH Awards Sub–Committee. Janet has been a member of the ADH since its conception as CHODA. Her first degree was in theology at Birmingham University, and she followed it with an MA in History of Dress, taught by Aileen Ribeiro, at The Courtauld Institute of Art, specialising in British eighteenth century dress. Janet wrote her MA dissertation on Aesthetic Dress at the end of the nineteenth century. This combination of degrees led to the publication of A History of Ecclesiastical Dress (B.T. Batsford, 1984). Janet worked as a Costume Supervisor in the theatre and opera, finally head of costume at The National Theatre, London, during the time of Sir Peter Hall and Richard Eyre. In Brussels, Janet worked in the uniforms section of the Textiles Department of The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History. Janet can be reached at email janet.mayo@dresshistorians.org.

Vanessa Jones
Vanessa Jones, Membership Officer

Vanessa Jones is Membership Officer of The Association of Dress Historians. Vanessa is Assistant Curator of Dress and Textiles at Leeds Museums and Galleries, where she is responsible for the care, interpretation, and research of approximately 20,000 objects. On a freelance basis, Vanessa is also design archivist at Standfast & Barracks where she is responsible for the care and research of approximately 15,000 objects. Vanessa has previous curatorial experience with collections at The Museum of Farnham; The Charleston Trust, where her work focused on examples of fashion drawn and painted on domestic objects produced by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant; and The Victoria and Albert Museum, where she worked on several large research projects including Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion; London Society Fashion, 1905–1925: The Wardrobe of Heather Firbank; and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. Vanessa can be reached at email membership@dresshistorians.org.

Mariza Galindo, Digital Communications Officer

Mariza Galindo is Digital Communications Officer of The Association of Dress Historians. She is a fashion scholar and behavioural analyst with a global perspective on fashion and emerging technologies. She is an MPhil/PhD candidate in Textiles at The Royal College of Art, London, and holds an MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design, New York. Mariza’s research investigates the Fourth Industrial Revolution by specifically looking at the relationship between biology, technology, and design. Mariza is passionate about advancing public interest in sustainable practices of textile design and manufacturing, and actively seeks collaborations that can exert intergenerational responsibility and help reduce the fashion industry’s social and environmental impact. Mariza can be reached at email communications@dresshistorians.org.

Emmy Sale
Emmy Sale, Student Communications Officer

Emmy Sale holds a BA in Fashion and Dress History and an MA in History of Design and Material Culture, from The University of Brighton. Her research interests include homemade clothing, women’s periodicals, and interwar beachwear. Emmy has been the recipient of the following awards during her studies: The Association of Dress Historians Student Fellowship 2018, Design History Society Student Essay Prize 2018, and The Costume Society’s The Yarwood Award 2019. Emmy published an article, titled, “‘It Is Not Impossible to Look Nice Sitting About on the Beach:’ The Influence of Magazines in the Making and Wearing of Hand-Knitting Bathing Suits by Young Working Women in England during the 1930s,” in the Autumn 2018 issue of The Journal of Dress History. Emmy is Student Communications Officer of The Association of Dress Historians, and her role involves overseeing the ADH social media platforms. Emmy can be reached at email communications@dresshistorians.org.

Ingrid Mida
Ingrid Mida, Executive Committee Member

Ingrid Mida, PhD (Art History and Visual Culture), is the Editor of The Journal of Dress History. She is a Modern Literature Centre research associate at Ryerson University, Toronto; a contributor to Smarthistory; and also works as an independent curator. Responsible for the revival of the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection, she is the lead author of The Dress Detective: A Practical Guide to Object-based Research in Fashion (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015) and Reading Fashion in Art with The Dress Detective (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020). She is the recipient of various grants and awards including the Janet Arnold award at the Society of Antiquaries in London (2015) and the Scholars’ Roundtable Honor from the Costume Society of America (2016 and 2017). She is a Board Trustee for the Textile Museum of Canada. Ingrid is a member of the Executive Committee of The Association of Dress Historians and can be reached at email ingrid.mida@dresshistorians.org.

Emily Taylor
Emily Taylor, Executive Committee Member

Emily Taylor is currently Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts at National Museums Scotland, with a focus on working with the pre–1850 element of the Fashion and Textile collection. Her primary research area is on fashion construction and fashionable identities, circa 1700–1850. In 2013 she completed a PhD at The University of Glasgow, titled, Women’s Dresses from Eighteenth Century Scotland: Fashion Objects and Identities. She completed an MLitt in Decorative Arts and Design History at The University of Glasgow in 2007, and has previously had voluntary and paid roles with York Museums Trust, National Museums Scotland, and Glasgow Museums. Emily can be reached at email emily.taylor@dresshistorians.org.

2019 ADH Student Fellows

Irene Calvi
Irene Calvi

Irene Calvi will graduate in 2019 with a BA degree in Cultural Heritage (History of Art) from The University of Turin, Italy, with a dissertation on fashion museology. The focus of her BA dissertation research was the museological approach to fashion, and the ability of museums to deliver a message to their public through exhibitions. She will continue her studies with the international MA course Arts, Museology, and Curatorship at the Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy. Irene is passionate about the historical and cultural significance of fashion interpretation in museums, an aspect she has deepened with a collaboration with the young collective CreateVoice and an Erasmus Traineeship. She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge in costume and textile history from innovative perspectives, following her interest in building a successful network that allows students, researchers, museums, and heritage sites to work better together. Irene was awarded a 2019 Student Fellowship by The Association of Dress Historians.

Olga Dritsopoulou
Olga Dritsopoulou

Olga Dritsopoulou was awarded a 2019 ADH Student Fellowship, during which she is working as ADH Conference Manager. A postgraduate student at The Victoria and Albert/Royal College of Art (V&A/RCA), London, History of Design programme, Olga is currently focusing on the further development of her undergraduate research, revolving around the analysis of contemporary conceptual fashion in an interdisciplinary manner with regards to philosophy and literature. Having worked for companies such as DKNY in New York and Jonathan Saunders in London, Olga is a stylist and scholar, aspiring to contribute constructively to the further evolution of fashion as an academic field.

Amy-Louise Holton
Amy–Louise Holton

Amy–Louise Holton was awarded a 2019 ADH Student Fellowship, during which she is working as ADH Digital Communications Assistant, helping to keep the ADH social media platforms updated. Amy–Louise has a background of study in textiles and pattern cutting and is currently studying for an undergraduate degree in Fashion and Dress History at The University of Brighton. Her research interests include how the Aesthetic dress movement influenced the stage costumes of actress Ellen Terry (1847–1928), the social politics of Victorian Mourning dress, and Bakelite jewellery. Amy is passionate about documenting and showcasing her studies in Dress History to a wider audience through social media. She also edits the “Seminar Style” feature on The University of Brighton’s History of Art and Design course blog.

Katharine Lawden
Katharine Lawden

Katharine Lawden was awarded a 2019 ADH Student Fellowship, during which she is working as ADH Editorial Assistant at The Journal of Dress History. Katharine is a design historian, currently pursuing an MSt in the History of Design at The University of Oxford. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, her BA Fashion History and Theory dissertation examined the representation of black women within Vogue magazine. Since graduating, she has worked at the Burberry Heritage Archives and Marie Claire magazine, as well as undertaking an array of internships at the Alexander McQueen Archives, Vogue UK, Tatler, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE UK, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and most recently at Christie’s London in the Handbags department.

Milly Westbrook
Milly Westbrook

Milly Westbrook was awarded a 2019 ADH Student Fellowship, during which she is working as ADH Social Media Curator, creating new and exciting original content for ADH Instagram. Milly is a second–year student studying for an undergraduate degree in Fashion and Dress History at The University of Brighton. Her passion for historical fashion began from a young age with trips to museums with her granny. Milly’s research interests include headwear and dress of the 1920s, Designer Lucile (1863–1935), and eighteenth century dress. Milly is also a student annotator for the Yoox Net–A–Porter/Bloomsbury Runway Collection archive. Milly has plans to visit the Palace of Versailles and will begin her dissertation research.

2018 ADH Student Fellows
Emmy Sale: The University of Brighton

Mariza Galindo: Parsons School of Design, New York

Stefan Zaric: The University of Belgrade, Serbia

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