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.

ADH Conferences & Events

The Association of Dress Historians (ADH) invites you to join our events!

Conferences are open to all, but discounted to ADH members.

Select additional events are exclusive to members, in recognition of their contribution to our charity.

To become an ADH member for 10.00 GBP per year visit our membership page.

Annual General Meeting
The Association of Dress Historians Annual General Meeting for all Members will be held on Monday 5 December, 2022 via Zoom. Notices and an invitation with a joining link will be sent directly to Members. If you are a Member and have not received anything by Friday 25 November, please contact

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The Association of Dress Historians (ADH) Winter Seminar Series 2022-2023
Join us on the first Friday of each month from November 2022 to March 2023 for a presentation and discussion. Attendance is free to ADH Members and you will receive a sign-up notice in our monthly Thoughts and Threads email.

If you are not a Member and are curious to hear an individual session, tickets are £10 including fees and available on ADH Eventbrite. Your contribution helps to support our online platforms and events.

Seminar Series line up:

Friday 4 November 2022, 18:00-19:00 GMT
Luis Estévez: Fashion, Elegance, and Exoticisation.

With Joshua Simon, Western Michigan University

Synopsis: This research analyses Luis Estévez, a bi-sexual Cuban American fashion designer, and his career, spanning from the 1950s to the 1990s. There is heightened attention to use of exoticising and othering language surrounding Estévez in the media, his candidness, and overall lack of representation in fashion history.

Presenter biography: Joshua D. Simon (he/his) graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in 2019 and a Master’s degree from Iowa State University in 2022. He is currently working on his Ph.D. at Western Michigan University. He is a dress historian and has researched the Gibson Girl, women’s military uniforms, the style of former First Lady Betty Ford, and queer fashion history.

Friday 2 December 2022, 18:00-19:00 GMT
With Isabella Rosner and Sew What? podcast

Tiny Needleworked Treasures of 17th-Century Schoolgirls

Synopsis: This talk will explore minuscule needleworked objects made by seventeenth-century British schoolgirls, such as tiny purses, bite sized birds, embroidered eggshells, and decorated nutmegs. It expands on a Sew What? podcast episode covering the same subject.

Presenter biography: Isabella Rosner is a final-year Ph.D. student at King’s College London, where she researches Quaker women’s art before 1800. Her project focuses on seventeenth-century London needlework and eighteenth-century Philadelphia wax and shellwork. Isabella also specialises in the study of schoolgirl samplers and early modern stitching in addition to hosting the “Sew What?” podcast about historic needlework and those who stitched it.

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Friday 13 January 2023, 18:00-19:00 GMT
Details to be confirmed

Friday 3 February 2023, 18:00-19:00 GMT
Rags and respectability: attitudes toward textile waste in the nineteenth century

With Philip Sykas, Manchester Metropolitan University

Presenter biography: Dr Philip Sykas is known for his study of printed textiles through the evidence of manufacturers’ pattern books. He recently published three volumes of historical resources with Routledge under the series title Pathways in the Nineteenth Century British Textile Industry, exploring themes from the nineteenth century that have current resonance. One of these is waste textiles.

Friday 3 March 2023, 18:00-19:00 GMT  
Sarah Goldsmith, University of Edinburgh, and Gill MacGregor, Textile Conservator

Details to be confirmed

New Research in Dress History Conference 2023
Join us at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and via Zoom on Friday 21 April 2023 for a day of new research papers.

The Call For Papers is open until 2 January 2022. 

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Ad-Dressing Margins International Conference, 27 & 28 October 2023:
The ADH annual International Conference for 2023 will be on the theme ‘Ad-Dressing Margins’ and will consider subjects, methodologies, practices, and communities that have been marginalised in English language scholarship on dress and textile history.

The conference will be held at and in partnership with Drexel University, Philadelphia (US), and will run across Friday 27 & Saturday 28 October 2023, with the option of online attendance. Our call for papers will open shortly and will be announced across all ADH platforms.

Forthcoming in 2024

April 2024:
New Research in Dress History Conference

The CFP will open at the end of the New Research Conference 2023.

7-8 October 2024:
The ADH annual International Conference, titled ‘Dress and Art: Clothing and Textiles in Painting and Portraiture’, at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The CFP for this conference will open in 2023.

Select an ADH conference to read the programme.

30 September – 1 October 2022
Fashioning the Body for Sport and Leisure

27 May 2022
New Research in Dress History Conference

21-22 October 2021
Curation and Conservation:
Dress and Textiles in Museums

Turin Long Conference Programme

7-13 June 2021
The New Research in Dress History Conference

Winter 2020/2021
ADH Lecture & Conversation Series

25–26 October 2019
The Victorian Age:
A History of Dress, Textiles, and Accessories, 1819–1901

24 May 2019
The New Research in Dress History Conference

26 October 2018
Dress and War:
Clothing and Textiles at Home and Abroad during the First World War Era, 1910–1920

13-14 April 2018
The New Research in Dress History Conference

27-28 October 2017
Dress that Crosses Borders and Challenges Boundaries

25 February 2017
The New Research in Dress History Conference

5 November 2016
Out of the Dark and into the Light?
Dress in the Early Modern Period and the Age of Enlightenment, 1400–1800

20 February 2016
The New Research in Dress History Conference

31 October 2015
Survival and Revival:
Clothing Design that Survives and Fashion Trends that Are Revived

21 February 2015
The New Research in Dress History Conference

12 July 2014
The Legality of Dress:
Historical and Modern Approaches to the Control of Clothing and Textile Production

15 November 2013
16 February 2013
23 June 2012
5 November 2011

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