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.

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

The Association of Dress Historians is delighted to announce its annual New Research in Dress History Conference, which will take place 19-20 August 2020 in Gothenburg, Sweden, in collaboration with The Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft, The University of Gothenburg, The Museum of Gothenburg, and The School of Fashion and Stage Costume, Gothenburg. Conference tickets are available at https://tinyurl.com/ADH2020. Please join us for an exciting two days of research in dress history!

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.

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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