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.
Amelia O’Mahony-Brady is a bi-lingual writer, editor and archivist based between Dublin and Milan. Her ongoing work with Irish and Italian publications is underpinned by interdisciplinary approaches to performing, collecting and documenting fashion, with a current focus on emulating the animate wearer in static modes of display. A recent Joint Honours B.A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, her award-winning thesis comprised the inaugural comparative study of Italian artist-designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Cinzia Ruggeri, exploring the role of movement and corporeality as requisite ‘activators’ of their designs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Dr. Arisa Yamaguchi is the Social Media Content Creator for the Association of Dress Historians. She is currently a lecturer in British history and literature at Seitoku University in Japan. She obtained a PhD in Literature from the University of Tsukuba in Japan and her PhD study was awarded the President Award of the University of Tsukuba in 2022. She spent most of her academic life in the UK, taking the Master of Arts in history of design and material culture from The University of Brighton. She recently focuses on the dress history of Victorian/Edwardian Britain, especially in association with non-European (Japanese) culture. She published an article ‘”Thing to Wear” to “Thing to Undress:” Representation of Japanese Kimonos in Late Victorian Paintings,’ in the Journal of Dress History, Volume 4, Issue 1 in 2020, which received an honourable mention of the Association of Dress Historians Award in 2020.
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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