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.
Dr. Leslie Anderson is the Communications Coordinator for the Association of Dress Historians. She currently holds the title of Visiting Assistant Professor of French at Washington and Lee University, and her primary research focus is on the intersections of dress, hair, and gender in medieval and early modern French material culture and literature. She earned her Ph.D. from Tulane University with her dissertation, “Erotic Tresses: Hair and Power in Medieval French Narrative,” which untangles relationships of sexuality, power, and women’s hair as a locus for punishment, sexual pleasure, and fetish. She is a novice embroiderer and weaver and is looking forward to sharing her love of textiles and dress history with her students this year in a class on medieval textiles and courtly love romance where students will get hands-on experience producing their own textile art. Leslie can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Kate Allanson Conlon is a Ph.D. student and researcher at the University of Central Lancashire. Kate holds an MA in North Korean Studies, funded by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea, and a BA in Asia Pacific Studies. Kate’s current research addresses the effects and influences of Japanese colonial rule on the fashions of Taiwan and Korea. Kate also works as a researcher of textile artifacts for the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, specializing in Korean, Japanese, and Chinese textiles.
Caroleen Molenaar is one of the Digital Communications Assistants for The Association of Dress Historians. She is an emerging dress historian and museum professional and has recently completed an MA in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, England. Her MA dissertation focused on how Canadian museums have decolonized Canadian Indigenous clothing in their online museum collections. Currently, Caroleen is researching Canada’s diverse fashion history, sustainable fashion practices, as well as the role and display of fashion in museums. Her published works include two book reviews in The Journal of Dress History, an article regarding Indigenous Oral Traditions in Encyclopedia Canada, and an upcoming exhibition review in the Textile History journal.
Sofia Nadjimov is a Communications Assistant of The Association of Dress Historians. Sofia holds an MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design, New York, and a BA in Journalism from City, University of London. Her research interests lie in the intersections between fashion, cinema, and urban landscapes; namely unravelling how clothing, imbued with its own symbolic meaning, can be read much like a text, and is pivotal in the construction of identity on screen. Her Master’s thesis explores the role of fashion in weaving together the “look” of French New Wave cinema through the early work of director Jean–Luc Godard. It views costume as a primary signifier of the shifting values and ideals of post-war youth in Paris.
Sarah Hodge is a Communications Assistant for The Association of Dress Historians. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the Australian National University. Her thesis centres around women’s fancy dress and historically inspired fashions in Britain and France during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She explores not only those who wore fancy dress, but also the makers and broader material journey association with the costumes. Sarah completed her BA in History, Archaeology, and French at the Australian National University in 2019.
Georgia Mulvaney-Thomerson is currently Exhibitions Coordinator at the Design Museum, London, where she works to deliver engaging shows. Georgia previously worked as the Research Assistant for the exhibition, Bags: Inside Out, at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, where her research ranged from sixteenth century burses to contemporary luxury handbags. She holds a BA in Fashion History and Theory from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. With a love of objects, during 2017-2018 Georgia was Archive Assistant at Manolo Blahnik International Limited, where she focused on enhancing the cataloguing of the brand’s shoes, paper designs, and press materials. In addition to accessories, her research interests include Rococo dress, and the relationship between fashion designers and their muses, including themes of identity and fame.
Emma Louise Rixhon graduated in 2019 with an MA in Fashion Critical Studies from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Their Master’s dissertation focused on bootleg designer fashion and its ability to destabilise hierarchies, as well as create new modes of luxury. Their bootleg garments were featured in “The Real Thing” at the Fashion Space Gallery, and they continue to make garments using repurposed fabric and natural dye. Emma Louise will be starting a PhD in Autumn 2021 at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, exploring the unique gender roles and working conditions of male models in London.
Over the past year, the ADH Communications Sub-Committee has been working hard on expanding our media presence to promote the work of our charity.
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