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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

ADH members are invited to participate in the following ADH members’ events.

If you are not yet an ADH member and are interested in attending an ADH members’ event, register today to become a member! ADH memberships are only £10 per year per individual and are valid from 1 January to 31 December, inclusive. As a registered charity, your membership dues contribute to our ongoing support and promotion of the study and professional practice of dress history. 

2:30pm–4:30pm, Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Christian Dior Fashion Exhibition, London:

ADH members are invited to join this ADH networking event at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. We will meet at 2:30pm at the V&A for 30 minutes of discussion and networking before entering the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams fashion exhibition. Tickets are free of charge for ADH members, but spaces are limited. Register for this event at https://tinyurl.com/ADH-21May2019.

2:00pm–3:00pm, Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Wool & Textiles Tour, New Lanark:

ADH members are invited to purchase a £12.50 ticket to attend a special Wool & Textiles Tour with complete access to the entire New Lanark World Heritage Site, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, ML11 9DB. New Lanark World Heritage Site is an eighteenth century mill village sitting alongside the picturesque River Clyde, less than one hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Read about New Lanark here: http://www.newlanark.org. There’s also an opportunity to see historic working textile machinery. Our ADH members’ Wool & Textiles Tour will begin at 2:00pm and end at 3:00pm. Your £12.50 ticket entitles you to enter New Lanark World Heritage Site any time during the morning or afternoon, so you can take your time walking around the site. And, you can continue visiting the site after our tour finishes at 3:00pm. Tickets to the Wool & Textiles Tour are limited, so purchase your ticket soon! For more information about this special ADH Wool & Textiles Tour, please visit the online ticketing and registration page, https://tinyurl.com/wooltour.

10:00am–11:30am, Thursday, 23 May 2019
Museums Collections Centre Tour, Edinburgh:

Victoria Garrington, ADH member and Curator at The Museum of Edinburgh, will conduct an ADH members’ tour of the Museums Collections Centre in Edinburgh. The wider collection includes almost 8000 pieces of dress, some incredible tartan garments and samples, a large collection of pantomime costumes, Paisley and Edinburgh shawls, children’s toys and clothing, millinery, and embroidery from the Edinburgh College of Domestic Science, plus many other treasures. Tickets to this event are free of charge for ADH members, but spaces are limited. Register for this event at https://tinyurl.com/MuseumTour23May2019.

12:00pm–1:00pm, Thursday, 23 May 2019
ADH Members’ Lunch, Edinburgh:

All ADH members, conference speakers, conference attendees, and their (non–member) guests are warmly encouraged to join our ADH members’ lunch at Viva Mexico Restaurant, 41 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BS, www.viva-mexico.co.uk. Lunch will begin promptly at 12:00pm. For our members’ lunch, there is no set menu and no pre–payment. You can order whatever you want at the restaurant, then pay only for whatever you personally order. Seats are limited at the lunch, so register early at https://tinyurl.com/ADHLunch23May2019. Once you have registered online, and your name is on the official guest list, it is very important that you actually attend the lunch as the restaurant will be holding a seat for you.

1:30pm–2:30pm, Thursday, 23 May 2019
Tartan Weaving Mill, Edinburgh:

Tristan Stewart will lead ADH members on a tour of Tartan Weaving Mill, 555 Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND, which is near the entrance to Edinburgh Castle. Tartan Weaving Mill is the only operating weaving mill in Edinburgh. We will meet at the historic kilt display inside Tartan Weaving Mill. To find the meeting point, as you enter the building, turn right and walk downstairs to level –2. Tickets are free of charge for ADH members, but spaces are limited. Register for this event at https://tinyurl.com/Tartan23May2019.

3:30pm–5:00pm, Thursday, 23 May 2019
Fashion Exhibition Tour, Edinburgh:

Georgina Ripley, ADH member and Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Fashion & Textiles at National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, will conduct an ADH members’ tour of the new fashion exhibition, titled, Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk. We will meet at 3:20pm (for a prompt 3:30pm start) in front of the nineteenth century Paisley shawl on display in the Fashion and Style Gallery. If arriving early, browse the dress and textiles on display in this new Fashion and Style Gallery, which opened in 2016. Tickets are free of charge for ADH members, but spaces are limited. Register for this event at https://tinyurl.com/FashionTour23May2019.

5:30pm–7:30pm, Thursday, 23 May 2019
ADH Members’ Networking Event, Edinburgh:

All ADH members, conference speakers, conference attendees, and their (non–member) guests are warmly encouraged to join our networking event at Checkpoint, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EY, http://checkpointedinburgh.com. Tickets to this event are free of charge; however, it is required that you purchase something (anything) at the venue. A menu of drinks and food is on the Checkpoint website. Space at this event is limited. Only those officially registered for this event will be admitted. We will have name badges for everyone to wear, to enable networking and friendship building. Please join us for a drink and conversation! Register for this event at https://tinyurl.com/ADHnetworking23May2019.

9:15am–5:30pm, Friday, 24 May 2019
The New Research in Dress History Conference, Edinburgh:

The New Research in Dress History Conference will be held at The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. Join us for an exciting day of scholarship in dress history! The conference will feature 19 paper presentations in a single–panel format. Please support our conference speakers by purchasing a conference ticket here: https://tinyurl.com/ADHConference2019.

12:00pm–12:30pm, Friday, 24 May 2019
Fashion Exhibition Tour, Edinburgh:

During the lunchtime break at our conference, Georgina Ripley, ADH member and Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Fashion & Textiles at The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, will conduct an ADH members’ tour of the new fashion exhibition, titled, Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk. This will be the same fashion exhibition tour that was conducted during 3:30pm–5:00pm, Thursday, 23 May 2019. So, if you were unable to attend Thursday’s tour, sign up for Friday’s tour! Tickets to this event are free of charge for ADH members, but spaces are limited. Only those officially registered for this event will be admitted. Register for this event at https://tinyurl.com/FashionTour24May2019.

6:00pm–8:00pm, Friday, 24 May 2019
Conference Dinner at Spoon, Edinburgh:

All ADH members, conference speakers, conference attendees, and their (non–member) guests are warmly encouraged to join our ADH conference dinner at Spoon, 6A Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH, https://spoonedinburgh.co.uk. As we leave the conference venue (at 5:55pm), ADH Membership Officer, Vanessa Jones, will lead everyone on a short walk to the restaurant. The dinner will begin promptly at 6:00pm. For our conference dinner, as a group we will each order from the Pre Theatre Menu, which offers 2 courses for £15 or 3 courses for £20, excluding drinks. The Pre Theatre Menu can be viewed on the following link; however, the menu may change before our conference dinner.

Seats are limited at the conference dinner, so hurry to place your name on the official guest list by emailing ADH Membership Officer, Vanessa Jones, at membership@dresshistorians.org. Once your name is on the official guest list, it is very important that you actually attend the dinner as the restaurant will be holding a seat for you.

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

During Wednesday–Thursday, 19–20 August 2020, The Association of Dress Historians (ADH) will hold its annual New Research in Dress History Conference at The Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft in Gothenburg, Sweden. For this conference, the ADH welcomes proposals to present research on any aspect of the history of dress, textiles, and accessories of all cultures and regions of the world, from before classical antiquity to the present day. To submit a proposal to speak at the conference, simply email the following information to ADHCFP@gmail.com as a .doc or .docx attachment (not a .pdf) by the deadline of 11:59pm GMT, Sunday, 1 September 2019: include your name, email address, descriptive paper title, 200–word (maximum) abstract (without footnotes), 120–word (maximum) biography (written in essay format), and one .jpg image (with reference) that represents your paper. If selected to present at the conference, this submission information will appear in the published conference programme. During the two–day conference, 19–20 August 2020, there will be two concurrent panels in two separate rooms at The Röhsska Museum: one room will feature 10–minute presentations while the other room will feature 20–minute presentations. When submitting a proposal to speak at the conference, specify which presentation length you prefer (10 minutes or 20 minutes). 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 only £10 per year per individual and help support our charity.

3:15pm–4:45pm, Thursday, 24 October 2019
Mary Quant Fashion Exhibition, London:

ADH members are invited to join this ADH networking event at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. We will meet at 3:15pm at the V&A for 30 minutes of discussion and networking before entering the Mary Quant fashion exhibition. Tickets are free of charge for ADH members, but spaces are limited. To register for this event, email ADH Executive Committee Member, Ingrid Mida, at ingrid.mida@ryerson.ca.

9:50am–6:25pm, Friday–Saturday, 25–26 October 2019
International Conference of Dress Historians:

The ADH conference, titled, The Victorian Age: A History of Dress, Textiles, and Accessories, 1819–1901, will be held at The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT, England. The conference will feature 57 academic paper presentations across two concurrent panels. Please check our ADH website periodically for updates and ticketing information.

6:30pm–8:00pm, Friday, 25 October 2019
Conference Dinner at Ciao Bella, London:

All ADH members, conference speakers, conference attendees, and their (non–member) guests are warmly encouraged to join our ADH conference dinner at Ciao Bella, 86–90 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3LZ, http://ciaobellarestaurant.co.uk. As the wine reception finishes at the conference (at 6:25pm), ADH Executive Committee Member, Emmy Sale, will lead everyone on a short walk to the restaurant. The dinner will begin promptly at 6:30pm. (We must vacate the tables by 8:00pm at the latest.) For our conference dinner, there is no set menu and no pre–payment. You can order whatever you want at the restaurant and pay only for whatever you personally order. Seats are limited at the conference dinner, so hurry to place your name on the official guest list by emailing ADH Executive Committee Member, Emmy Sale, at e.sale1@uni.brighton.ac.uk. Once your name is on the official guest list, it is very important that you actually attend the dinner as the restaurant will be holding a seat for you.

11:59pm GMT, Friday, 1 November 2019
ADH Awards, Prizes, Grants Deadline:

Details about (and submission information for) the ADH awards, prizes, and grants will be circulated soon. Please check our ADH website periodically for updates.

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 conference paper proposals from students, early career researchers, and established professionals. 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), 120–word (maximum) biography (written in essay format in the third person), one jpg image (which needs to be cropped at exactly 500 pixels in height) 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 per individual. 

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 120–word (maximum) abstract, five (minimum) images with references, the tiered bibliography (that separates Primary Sources, Secondary Sources, Internet Sources, et cetera), and 120–word (maximum) author’s biography. Please submit articles as a Word document to journal@dresshistorians.org.

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

Our ADH Christmas Party and Annual General Meeting (AGM) are always held on the first Monday in December, every year. So mark your calendars! This year, 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 September 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. Articles are welcome for this special themed issue on the topic of Costume Drama: A History of Clothes for Stage and Screen. 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 120–word (maximum) abstract, five (minimum) images with captions, the tiered bibliography (that separates Primary Sources, Secondary Sources, Internet Sources, et cetera), and 120–word (maximum) author’s biography. Please submit articles as a Word document to journal@dresshistorians.org.

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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