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.
Kirsten Burrall is the Deputy Chair of The Association of Dress Historians. She currently conducts research and writes for a private textile collection in New York, New York, and is a fine arts appraiser. Her scholarly area of interest is in European textile and costume histories, specifically Medieval to Early Modern liturgical vestments and textiles, and costume and fashion design during the Aesthetic Movement and into the early twentieth century. She earned a BA in art history and studio art from Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, and studied art history in Madrid, Spain and Athens, Greece. She also worked as an intern at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Kirsten has an MA in art history from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Kirsten is passionate about the stewardship of textile and costume collections, teaching art history, painting, and volunteering for arts advocacy in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, where she lives with her husband and four children. Kirsten can be reached at email@example.com.
Dr. Emily Taylor is Secretary of The Association of Dress Historians. She 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Laura Pérez Hernández is the Deputy Treasurer of The Association of Dress Historians. She is a post-doctoral researcher interested in social and fashion history in the European eighteenth century and how eighteenth century newspapers constructed women’s identities. She is currently working as a Research Coordinator of Sustainable Futures Research Theme at Nottingham Trent University, England. Recently, Laura earned a PhD from the Department of Early Modern History at the University Complutense of Madrid, Spain, with a thesis, titled, Female Fashion in Spain and England in the Eighteenth Century: Majismo and Its Social Scope, 1750-1800. During 2017-2018, she had a scholarship in the Department of Spanish, Latin American and Portuguese Studies at The University of Nottingham, England, to complete her international research. In 2014, Laura earned an MA in Early Modern History from the University Complutense of Madrid when she started to research women´s fashion and its representations in press and engravings across the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Laura can be reached at email email@example.com.
Scott William Schiavone is Membership Officer of The Association of Dress Historians. He is a London College of Fashion alumnus having graduated from the MA Fashion Curation course in 2010. Having worked across Scotland with various dress and textile collections, including European Costume and Textiles at Glasgow Museums, and the Jean Muir (1928–1995) and Charles W. Stewart (1915–2001) collections at National Museums Scotland, Scott relocated to London in 2018 to assume the role of Assistant Curator at The Fan Museum, London. Scott is interested in manifestations of luxury and excess across the fashion timeline, including historical, modern, and contemporary fashion and fashion designers. His areas of expertise are nineteenth century womenswear, 1980s haute couture, the rise of the superstar designer, and tangible markers of luxury in European fans during 1850–1900. Scott can be reached at email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Benjamin Linley Wild, FRHistS, is a cultural historian and currently Lecturer in Contextual Studies (Fashion) at The Fashion Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, England. Interested in the dress and appearance of a society’s leaders and elite, his research also considers the self- and group-presentation of people marginalised by their community. Specific areas of research interest and publishing include: history of clothing and fashion, fancy dress costume, royal dress and appearance, menswear, and masculinities. Benjamin’s most recent book, Carnival to Catwalk: Global Reflections on Fancy Dress Costume, was published by Bloomsbury in February 2020. Benjamin can be reached at email@example.com.
Mariza Galindo is Marketing and Communications Officer of The Association of Dress Historians. She is a researcher and designer with a global perspective in fashion and emerging technologies, and an interest in Indigenous craft techniques, digital fabrication, and sustainable applications of synthetic biology. Mariza holds an MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design, New York. Her current research aims to develop materials that employ natural ecosystems as inspiration for a production process that produces no waste. Mariza is passionate about advancing public interest in sustainable practices of textile design and engineering, and actively seeks collaborations that can exert intergenerational responsibility and help reduce the fashion and textile industry’s social and environmental impact. Mariza can be reached at email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Social Media Officer of The Association of Dress Historians, and her role involves overseeing the ADH social media platforms. Emmy can be reached at email email@example.com.
Irene Calvi graduated in 2019 with a BA degree in Cultural Heritage (History of Art) from The University of Turin, Italy, with a dissertation on the museological approach to fashion. She is continuing her studies with the international MA course Arts, Museology, and Curatorship at the Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy, completing with a dissertation revolving around wearable technologies. Irene is passionate about the cultural significance of fashion interpretation in museums, the new and emerging technologies, and the creation of international networks. Irene was awarded a 2019 and 2020 Student Fellowship by The Association of Dress Historians. Irene is the ADH Volunteer Officer and can be reached at email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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