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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.

Event Dates

Members of The Association of Dress Historians (ADH) are invited to participate in the following events.

If you are not yet an ADH member but are interested in attending an ADH members’ event, become a member today! ADH memberships are only £10 per year and are available here: www.dresshistorians.org/membership.

Potential ADH conference speakers are not required to hold an ADH membership at the time of proposal submission; however, all conference speakers must hold a current ADH membership at the time of the conference during which they present.

11:59pm GMT, Sunday, 1 December 2019
Conference Call For Papers Deadline:

This is the Call For Papers deadline for The International Conference of Dress Historians that will be held on Monday, 2 November 2020 at the historic Coopers Hall at the Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED, England. Built in 1766, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English–speaking world. The theme of the ADH International Conference of Dress Historians in 2020 is:
Costume Drama: A History of Clothes for Stage and Screen
To celebrate dress in theatre, film, and television, The Association of Dress Historians will convene an international conference that explores academic research into clothes for stage and screen, which could include clothes in ballet, opera, theatre, pantomime, film, television, advertisements, cartoons, et cetera, of any culture or region of the world. The Association of Dress Historians encourages the submission of individual conference paper proposals from students, early career researchers, and established professionals. Additionally, the ADH welcomes themed panel proposals that include three speakers. All conference paper presentations will be 20 minutes, followed by a Q&A session.To submit a proposal to present at the ADH conference on 2 November 2020, simply email the following information to ADH Executive Committee Member, Janet Mayo, at birchmayo@yahoo.co.uk as a .doc or .docx attachment (not a .pdf) by the deadline of 11:59pm GMT, Sunday, 1 December 2019. All presentation proposals must include only your name, email address, descriptive paper title, 200–word (maximum) abstract (without footnotes), 150–word (maximum) biography (written in essay format in the third person), one jpg image that represents your paper, and a complete reference for the image. If selected to present at the conference, this submission information will appear in the published conference programme. Potential conference speakers are not required to hold an ADH membership at the time of proposal submission; however, all conference speakers must hold a current ADH membership at the time of the conference during which they present. ADH memberships are £10 per year. For more information, please visit www.dresshistorians.org/cfp.

11:59pm GMT, Sunday, 1 December 2019
1819–1901 Themed Articles: Call For Papers Deadline:

This is the Call For Papers deadline for article submissions for the special themed issue of The Journal of Dress History, the academic publication of The Association of Dress Historians. Articles are welcome for this special themed issue on the topic of The Victorian Age: A History of Dress, Textiles, and Accessories, 1819–1901. Topics of potential articles could include any aspect of dress, textiles, and accessories for womenswear, menswear, and childrenswear of any culture or region of the world during the lifetime of Queen Victoria, 1819–1901. (Articles outside this theme can be submitted to journal@dresshistorians.org any day during the year.) Articles must be between 4000 words (minimum) and 6000 words (maximum), which includes footnotes but excludes the required 150–word (maximum) abstract, five (minimum) images with references, the tiered bibliography (that separates Primary Sources, Secondary Sources, Internet Sources, et cetera), and 150–word (maximum) author’s biography. Please submit articles as a Word document to journal@dresshistorians.org. For more information, please visit www.dresshistorians.org/cfp.

5:30pm–8:00pm, Monday, 2 December 2019
ADH Christmas Party and AGM:

Every year, our ADH Christmas Party and Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held on the first Monday in December. So mark your calendars! ADH members are invited to our annual Christmas Party and AGM on Monday, 2 December 2019 at The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT. Doors open at 5:30pm; the AGM will begin at 6:00pm; and the party lasts till 8:00pm. Please join us for a glass of hot mulled wine, holiday cheer, and the AGM! All ADH members are encouraged to attend this event, which is free of charge. To register for this event, please email ADH Secretary, Tara Tierney, at secretary@dresshistorians.org.

Wednesday–Thursday, 19–20 August 2020
The New Research in Dress History Conference:

Save the date! The ADH will hold its annual New Research in Dress History Conference at The Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft in Gothenburg, Sweden. The conference programme will be published soon after the Call For Papers closes on 1 November 2019.

Monday, 2 November 2020
International Conference of Dress Historians:

Save the date! Our conference, titled, Costume Drama: A History of Clothes for Stage and Screen, will be held at the historic Coopers Hall at the Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED, England. Built in 1766, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English–speaking world. The conference programme will be published soon after the Call For Papers closes on 1 December 2019.

11:59pm GMT, Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Costume Drama Themed Articles: Call For Papers Deadline:

This is the Call For Papers deadline for article submissions for the special themed issue of The Journal of Dress History, the academic publication of The Association of Dress Historians. Topics of potential articles could include clothes in ballet, opera, theatre, pantomime, film, television, advertisements, cartoons, et cetera, of any culture or region of the world. (Articles outside this theme can be submitted to journal@dresshistorians.org any time during the year.) Articles must be between 4000 words (minimum) and 6000 words (maximum), which includes footnotes but excludes the required 150–word (maximum) abstract, five (minimum) images with captions, the tiered bibliography (that separates Primary Sources, Secondary Sources, Internet Sources, et cetera), and 150–word (maximum) author’s biography. Please submit articles as a Word document to journal@dresshistorians.org. For more information, please visit www.dresshistorians.org/cfp.

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 email Jennifer Daley at chairman@dresshistorians.org to discuss your ideas for new events and ADH conference venues. Thank you!

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