Spring International Conference 2024

Beau Brummell and New Masculinities

The Association of Dress Historians (ADH) in partnership with University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins at Central Saint Martins LVMH Lecture Theatre on 4 & 5 April 2024.

Convened by Melanie Davies (Central Saint Martins) and co-convened by Emily Taylor (ADH).

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Spring 2024 Conference: Beau Brummell and New Masculinities

The Association of Dress Historians is partnering with University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins to host the conference Beau Brummell and New Masculinities on 4 & 5 April 2024. Read our conference programme here.

Eventbrite booking is openclick here to join us in London or online.

The conference is convened by Melanie Davies (Central Saint Martins), co-convened by Emily Taylor (ADH), and will include workshops that centre interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and conversation.

The call for papers has now closed. The full programme will be announced at the end of January.

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Winter Seminar Series 2023/24

Convened by Irene Calvi and Amelia O’Mahony-Brady

Returning for its second year, this online seminar series will be held the first Friday of the month from October to February at 18:00 (UK time). Each webinar is free to members with a link sent on the day in Thoughts and Threads. Seminars are recorded and available to members and attendees. Non members can sign up on Eventbrite.

 Friday 2 February, 2024 | 18:00-19:00 GMT

With Rachele Didero (CEO Cap_able; Phd Student, Politecnico of Milan)

Presenting the textile with adversarial pattern she created and patented that lead to the creation of her startup Cap_able.

 Friday 1 March, 2024 | 18:00-19:00 GMT

With Laura Fitzachary (Fashion Historian and Historical Consultant; Museum Educator)

Presenting on Bronze Age and Iron Age excavations in Ireland (compared with examples abroad) and the dress, accessory and beauty product findings they unearthed.

MA Graduates Roundtable 2024

Join us for a day of knowledge exchange and networking at the ADH MA Graduates Roundtable – shaping the future of dress and textile history!

At this dynamic one-held symposium, held on Zoom in Summer 2024, recent Master’s graduates will showcase their dissertation research to the ADH community, garnering formative experience and feedback in an intimate conference setting.

The virtual gathering will unfold through morning and afternoon sessions, each featuring a 15-minute presentation and a roundtable discussion with three graduates. Whether you’re a student, professor, professional, or enthusiast, this event promises valuable insights.

To ensure inclusivity, we will launch a Call for Abstracts (CFA) in Spring 2024, encouraging recent MA graduates to submit a 500-word abstract of their dissertation. Note that applicants must be a member of the ADH (current or pending) to be considered for this event.

Autumn International Conference 2024: Dress and Painting: Clothing and Textiles in Art

The Association of Dress Historians are delighted to introduce our two-day autumn International Conference for 2024 on the theme of Dress and Painting: Clothing and Textiles in Art. Planning is in progress for 7 & 8 October, 2024, at the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.

The conference is guest chaired by Anna Reynolds (Royal Collection Trust) and co-convened by Kirsten Burrall (Deputy Chair of ADH).

To submit your proposal please send: an abstract of no more than 200 words, a biography of no more than 50 words, and an optional illustrative image with caption to be included in an online programme to dressandpainting@dresshistorians.org by 00:00 BST on Sunday 28 April 2024.

The call for papers is open. View it here.


Spring 2025: New Research in Dress and Textile History

A return to the ADH annual open call for new research. Venue to be confirmed.
Call for papers will open in April 2024.


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