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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.

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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, past
Luis Estévez: Fashion, Elegance, and Exoticisation.
With Joshua Simon, Western Michigan University

Friday 2 December 2022, past
Tiny Needleworked Treasures of 17th-Century Schoolgirls
With Isabella Rosner and Sew What? podcast

Friday 13 January 2023, 18:00-19:00 GMT

Queering Masculinities: Dress, Gender, and the Body in the Antwerp Fashion Scene

With Nicola Brajato, University of Antwerp

Presenter biography: Nicola Brajato is a PhD candidate in fashion and gender studies at the University of Antwerp funded by the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO). His current research aims to investigate the impact of Antwerp fashion in critically questioning the idea of masculinity, the male body and menswear. 

Previously, he was research scholar in the fashion studies department of the University of Bologna with a project on fashion archives aimed to the realisation of an exhibition on the relationship between club culture and fashion. As part of the research project, Nicola curated the site specific art work “Fashion in Paradise: Rimini and the Golden Age of Discoteca Paradiso”. Nicola has published articles on the relationship between fashion, identity, and the body in different journals, including Fashion Theory, Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion, and NORMA: The International Journal for Masculinity Studies, and he has collaborated with different fashion institutions including La Cambre (Brussels), Modeklasse (Vienna), and Parsons Paris. Nicola is currently guest-editing a special issue on fashion and gender of the academic journal ZoneModa Journal.

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

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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 16 January 2023. 

You can book to attend the conference on Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-association-of-dress-historians-annual-new-research-conference-2023-tickets-466313786087 ]

ADH International Conference 2023:

“Ad-Dressing Margins”: Historically Underrepresented Fashion & Style is an ADH International Hybrid and In-Person Conference & Workshop to be held at Philadelphia, PA, USA, Drexel University 26-28 October 2023.

The call for papers is now open, until 1 August 2023.

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.

Do you have an idea for an ADH event?

The ADH is always interested in hearing ideas for new events, curators’ or archivists’ tours, and networking get-togethers. The ADH is also interested in discussing potential new venues for our conferences. 

Please contact events@dresshistorians.org to discuss your ideas for new events and ADH conference venues. Thank you!

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
Interwoven:
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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