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.


The Association of Dress Historians is delighted to present its annual International Conference of Dress Historians on Friday, 25 October 2019 and Saturday, 26 October 2019 at The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT, England, titled:
The Victorian Age:
A History of Dress, Textiles, and Accessories,

Conference tickets are on sale here:


To commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of Queen Victoria, The Association of Dress Historians will host an international conference that explores academic research into the global history of dress, textiles, and accessories during the lifetime of Queen Victoria, 1819–1901. Conference papers will include many aspects of dress, textiles, and accessories for womenswear, menswear, and childrenswear of many cultures or regions of the world.

Please join us for this exciting conference!
View our October 2019 conference programme to read all speakers’ paper abstracts, biographies, and the comprehensive schedule of concurrent panels across two full days. Complete ADH conference programmes (for both present and past conferences) can be viewed and downloaded on the right–hand side of this webpage.  
All conference tickets include lunch, tea and networking breaks, and a wine reception each day. Conference ticket prices are as follows, per day:
ADH Members (standard): £30
ADH Members (full–time students): £25
Non–Members: £40
ADH members and the general public are invited to purchase a Friday–only and/or a Saturday–only conference ticket. 
Conference tickets must be purchased online, in advance, from this page:
The following 56 papers will be presented at the conference, by the following speakers, listed in alphabetical order per surname.
Reimagining Fashion in 1900:
The Little Foxes on Stage and Screen
Raissa Bretaña
New York Historical Society, New York, United States
A True Topography of Dress:
Drawing the Intimate Clothing of John Ruskin and Queen Victoria
Sarah Casey
Lancaster University, Lancaster, England
Something up their Sleeve:
Evolving Distinctions between Graduates’ Gowns during the Victorian Age
Bruce Christianson
The University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, England
Academic Robe Makers in Nineteenth-Century Durham, England
Paul Coxon
The University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England
Cut from a Criminal Cloth?
Two Murderous Tailors of the 1860s
Myriam Elyse Couturier and Alison Matthews David
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
A Parasol Made of Bobbin Lace,
Belonging to Queen Josefina of Sweden and Norway (1807-1876)
Lena Dahrén
Uppsala University, Stockholm, Sweden
The Use of Silk in Hungarian Clothing, 1820-1900
Éva Deák
Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian Composer–Pianist Franz Liszt as Artist–Dandy, 1841–1860
Doris Domoszlai-Lantner
Independent Scholar, New York, United States
The Parisian House of Revillon and the Fashion of Fur, 1870-1900
Séverine Experton-Dard
Independent Scholar, Paris, France
Nineteenth Century Gothic:
Before Victoria’s Mourning
Katie Godman
Islington Education Library Service, London, England
The Wardrobe of a Young Swedish Professional:
An 1841-1842 Receipt book Kept by the Architect, Johan Fredrik Åbom (1817-1900)
Inga Lena Ångström Grandien
Independent Scholar, Stockholm, Sweden
Clergy in the Hood:
The Robes of Anglican Theological Colleges, 1820-1900
Nicholas Groves
Centre for Parish Church Studies, Norwich, England
The Influence of Victorian Fashion on Indian Textiles 
as Studied from the Wall Paintings of the Juna Mahal,
a Former Royal Residence, in Rajasthan, India
Shakshi Gupta and Radhana Raheja
The University of Delhi, India
Taglioni! Ballet Fever and Dress in the 1830s and 1840s
Caroline Hamilton
The University of Brighton, Brighton, England
From Fairy Queens in “Gauze and Spangles” to “Shakespeare in Black Velvet:”
Shining a Spotlight on Nineteenth Century Theatre Costume, 1875-1899
Veronica Isaac
University of Brighton, Brighton, England
Addicted to Frills:
The Fervor for Antique Lace Collecting in Victorian High Society
Elena Kanagy-Loux
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States
Dressed for Knowledge:
Fashioning Female Students, 1850-1900
Marta Kargól
Independent Scholar, The Hague, Netherlands
Investigating the Thuppotti:
The Traditional Sartorial Biography of Elite Male Dress
during the Kandyan Period of Sri Lanka, 1819-1901
Priyanka Virajini Medagedara Karunaratne
The University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Clothing on the Edge of Empire:
Dress in the Writings of Susanna Moodie (1803-1885)
and Catherine Parr Traill (1802-1899)  
Alexandra Kim
Montgomery’s Inn, Toronto, Canada
The India of One’s Dreams:
Mary Curzon and Aesthetic Exchange, 1898-1901
Tessa Laney
New York University, New York, United States
William Clark (1830-1902):
A Colonial New Zealand Draper and Clothier, 1855-1875
Angela Lassig
Independent Scholar, Auckland, New Zealand
Scottish Influences on British Women’s Fashion:
The Role Played by Queen Victoria, 1837-1852
Martina Licata
The University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
Character Development through Sartorial Choices in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, 1819-1832
Adam MacPharlain
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, United States
“A Golden Frenzy of Wind-Stirred Buttercups and a Glory of Wild Roses:”
Flowered Hats in Anne of Green Gables, 1890-1895
Jaclyn Marcus
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
The Rise and Fall of the Paisley Shawl during the Nineteenth Century
Lucy Elizabeth McConnell
Independent Scholar, Paisley, Scotland
“I Have Some Thought of Going in the Poblana Dress:”
Dress in Frances Calderón de la Barca’s 1843 Life in Mexico
James Middleton
Independent Scholar, New York, United States
Dressing Victoria’s Nation:
The Intersection of Fashion and Literature
Amy L. Montz
University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, United States
The Charm of Neatness:
Travel, Fashion, and Propriety in the Mid Nineteenth Century England
Charlotte Nicklas
The University of Brighton, Brighton, England
Nineteenth Century Identity and Transculturation in Clothing and Textiles
in the Rio de la Plata Region of South America
María Ortiz
The University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Now You See It, Now You Don’t:
The Influence of the Occult in Victorian Fashion
Allison Pfingst
Fordham University, New York, United States
“Any Man May Be in Good Spirits and Good Temper when He’s Well Dressed:”
The Fashion of Charles Dickens, 1837-1870
Miriam Phelan and Frankie Kubicki
Charles Dickens Museum, London, England
Fashions for the Lower Classes:
The Secondhand Clothes Trade and Theft in Early Industrial London, 1827-1850
Jennifer Pronesti
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, United States
Fabrics of Barcelona:
The Royal Visits to the Factory La España Industrial, 1847-1901
Assumpta Dangla Ramon
Textile Printing Museum, Premià de Mar, Spain
Conserving Couture, Restoring Its Worth: 
Treatment and Reconstruction of a Charles Frederick Worth Ensemble of 1897
Jamie Robinson
Zenzie Tinker Conservation, Brighton, England
A Dutch Perspective of an English Wedding in 1882
Trudie Rosa de Carvalho
Palace Het Loo, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Luxury & Excess:
The Fan as the Ultimate Fashion Accessory, 1850-1900
Scott Schiavone
The Fan Museum, Greenwich, England
Evil in the Wardrobe:
Stocking Darns and the Gilded Age Woman in New York, 1870-1901
Kate Sekules
New York University, New York, United States
Up with Hems, Down with Society:
Rhetoric and Response of the Dress Reform Movement, 1851-1852
Andrea J. Severson
Arizona State University, Phoenix, United States
In the Clothes of Imperial Power:
The Civil Uniforms of the Finnish Grand Duchy 1809–1901
Alex Snellman
The University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Preserving the Russian Folk Tradition:
The Natalia de Shabelsky Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, circa 1860–1901
Naomi Sosnovsky
Independent Scholar, New York, United States
Peasant Dress, Work Uniform, Counter Culture, and National Symbol:
The Norwegian Bunad during the Nineteenth Century
Solveig Strand
The Norwegian Institute of Bunad and Folk Costume, Fagernes, Norway
Fragments of Fabric:
A Victorian Community in the 1839 Album of Anne Sykes
Kate Strasdin
Falmouth University, Falmouth, England
Plant Fibre Textiles Collected in 1894 by Into Konrad Inha (1865-1930) in White Karelia, Russia
Jenni Suomela
The University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
The Bridal Business:
Nineteenth-Century Designs for Devon Lace
from Queen Adelaide (1792-1849) to Princess May (1867-1953)
Shelley Tobin and Carol McFadzean
Widowers’ “Weeds:”
Lifting the Veil on Victorian Mourning Practices
Anne M. Toewe
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, United States
“Britishness” in Sweden during the Victorian Era
Leif Wallin
Nordiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Shirts and Scandals:
Unusual Men’s Underwear in 1855
Mark Wallis
Past Pleasures Ltd, Wormley, England
Fashion and Narrative in the Victorian Age
Rainer Wenrich
Catholic University, Eichstaett–Ingolstadt, Germany
A Yankee at the Court of St. James:
Observations of London Fashions by Katherine Lawrence, 1849-1852
Lauren Whitley
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, United States
Romantic Recreations:
Remembering Stuart Monarchy in Nineteenth-Century
Fancy Dress Entertainments
Benjamin Wild
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Fonts of Inspiration:
Foreign Characters in European Printed Textile Design, 1819-1850
Courtney Wilder
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, United States
The Crinoline Industry:
Products, Companies, Structure, and Geography, 1850-1880
Lucy-Clare Windle
Independent Scholar, England
Dresses of the Empress:
Message and Meaning in the Wardrobe of Empress Elisabeth (1837-1898) of Austria-Hungary
Martina Winkelhofer
Independent Scholar, Vienna, Austria
Dressing the Part:
Cixi and Power Dressing in Late Qing Dynasty China, 1861-1901
Felicia Yao
Independent Scholar, New Orleans, United States
Thing to Wear:
Expressions of Japanese Kimonos in Late Victorian Paintings
Allie Yamaguchi
Tsukuba University, Ibaraki, Japan
Please direct any questions regarding this conference to Jennifer Daley at chairman@dresshistorians.org.
Thank you for supporting The Association of Dress Historians, our conference speakers, and scholarship in dress history.

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