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.

Important ADH Dates
2020-2021

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. Thank you for supporting our charity and scholarship in dress history.

The following are important dates in the ADH calendar. Please join us at an ADH event!

Friday, 27 March 2020

6:00pm–8:00pm 

Due to the corona virus threat, the Friday, 27 March 2020 networking event at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, has been cancelled. The event has now been re–scheduled to occur on Friday, 29 May 2020. Please join us in May at the V&A!

Friday, 29 May 2020

6:00pm–8:00pm 

ADH members are invited to join our friendly networking event at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, which will include a tour of the Kimono fashion exhibition. According to the V&A website, “This exhibition will present the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world.”

This is a “Friday Night Late” and the V&A will be open until 10:00pm. Join us for a night at the museum!

Tickets must be purchased in advance, here:
https://tinyurl.com/29May2020.

If you are in possession of a V&A member card (or other member card) that allows you free access to the Kimono exhibition, then please join our event for free without buying an ADH ticket.

If you just want to pop in for the networking part (but not the exhibition tour) then you are very welcome to do so!

Here’s the schedule, in a nutshell:

6:00pm

7:00pm

9:15pm

10:00pm

Meet in the William Morris room at the V&A cafe for networking.

Enter the Kimono fashion exhibition together.

The V&A cafe closes.

The entire museum closes.

For more information, contact chairman@dresshistorians.org.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

11:59pm 

Saturday, 1 August 2020 is the Call For Papers deadline for The New Research in Dress History Conference (which will be held on Friday and Saturday, 23–24 April 2021 at the historic Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT). To submit a proposal to present at the conference, simply email the following information by 11:59pm Saturday, 1 August 2020 to chairman@dresshistorians.org as a .doc or .docx attachment (not a .pdf) exactly as you want it to potentially appear (if your proposal is accepted) in the conference programme: your name, email address, affiliation, descriptive paper title, 200–word (maximum) abstract (without footnotes), 120–word (maximum) biography (written in essay format in the third person), one jpg image that represents your paper (and which can be published in the conference programme), and a complete reference for the image. Indicate if you have a preference to present a 20–minute paper (in the room that seats 100 delegates) or a 10–minute paper (in the room that seats 40 delegates).
For more information about this CFP, please visit: https://dresshistorians.org/cfp-london-2020/

Wednesday-Thursday, 19-20 August 2020

8:30am–6:00pm

The Association of Dress Historians (ADH) is delighted to present its annual New Research in Dress History Conference, 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, Sweden. There will be 80 individual papers presented across two concurrent panels over two days at The Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft, Vasagatan 39, 411 37 Göteborg, Sweden. Please join us to celebrate scholarship in dress history!
For more information about this conference, please visit:
https://dresshistorians.org/conference-gothenburg-2020

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

1:15pm–4:30pm

ADH members’ tour of The City Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden. For those of you who arrive at Gothenburg one day ahead of the ADH conference, the City Museum is happy to invite you to an afternoon at the museum. A guided tour of its current dress exhibition, titled, The Wardrobe of Gothenburg, will be led by Anna Adrian, Conservator. There will also be a lecture and a “Swedish fika” (coffee and tea). For more information about the exhibition, please 
click this link.
To register for this special pre–conference seminar, please send an email to bokningar.rohsska@kultur.goteborg.se and write “City Museum: [and your name]” in the subject line. The ticket price for this pre–conference seminar (including coffee and tea) is 80 SEK (about £7), payable upon arrival at the event.

6:00pm–8:00pm

There will be a conference dinner in Gothenburg for attendees and their guests. (Details about this dinner will be circulated soon.)
To register for this dinner, please send an email to bokningar.rohsska@kultur.goteborg.se and write “Restaurant Tuesday: [and your name]” in the subject line.

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

8:15am

Conference tickets are available at:
https://tinyurl.com/ADH2020.
ADH conference venue will open with Registration in Gothenburg, Sweden.

8:45am

Welcome Address by Röhsska Museum Director, Nina Due, and ADH Chairman, Jennifer Daley.

9:00am

5:15pm

6:00pm

6:30pm-8:00pm

The first paper presentation will start.

The conference concludes.

The Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft closes to the public.

There will be a wine reception for conference attendees, hosted by Gothenburg University. To register for this wine reception, please send an email to bokningar.rohsska@kultur.goteborg.se and write “Wine Reception: [and your name]” in the subject line. Gothenburg University has generously offered to host this special wine reception, which is free to those who register.

8:00pm-10:00pm

There will be a conference dinner for attendees and their guests at a restaurant near Gothenburg University. (Details about this dinner will be circulated soon.) To register for this dinner, please send an email to bokningar.rohsska@kultur.goteborg.se and write “Restaurant Wednesday: [and your name]” in the subject line.

Thursday, 20 August 2020

8:15am

Conference tickets are available at:
https://tinyurl.com/ADH2020.
Conference venue will open with Registration in Gothenburg, Sweden.

9:00am

6:00pm

8:00pm

8:00pm-10:00pm

The first paper presentation will start.

The conference concludes.

The Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft closes to the public.

There will be a conference dinner for attendees and their guests, held at The Röhsska Museum. (Details about this dinner will be circulated soon.) To register for this dinner, please send an email to: bokningar.rohsska@kultur.goteborg.se and write “Dinner at the Röhsska Museum: [and your name]” in the subject line.

Friday, 21 August 2020

8:30am-12:00pm

There will be a post–conference programme at The School of Fashion and Stage Costume in Gothenburg, Sweden, including a guided tour and a “Swedish fika” (coffee and tea). For more information about the school, please visit:
https://www.tillskararakademin.se/home
To register for this special post–conference seminar, please send an email to bokningar.rohsska@kultur.goteborg.se and write “Costume: [and your name]” in the subject line. The ticket price for this post–conference seminar (including coffee and tea) is 80 SEK (about £7), payable upon arrival at the event.

Friday, 30 October 2020

6:00pm-8:00pm

ADH members are invited to join our friendly networking event at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, which will include a tour of the Bags: Inside Out fashion exhibition. According to the V&A website, this exhibition will showcase bags: more than 300 objects used by both men and women, from around the world from the 16th century to today. From rucksacks to despatch boxes, Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage, Bags: Inside Out will explore the style, function, design and craftsmanship of the ultimate accessory.

This is a “Friday Night Late” and the V&A will be open until 10:00pm. Join us for a night at the museum!

Tickets must be purchased in advance, here:
https://tinyurl.com/30October2020

If you are in possession of a V&A member card (or other member card) that allows you free access to the Bags exhibition, then please join our event for free without buying an ADH ticket. If you just want to pop in for the networking part (but not the exhibition tour) then you are very welcome to do so! Join us for discussion at 6:00pm.

Sunday, 1 November 2020

11:59pm

This is the deadline for all submissions to the following monetary ADH awards:

• The Association of Dress Historians Student Fellowships
• The Madeleine Ginsburg Grant
• The Aileen Ribeiro Grant

For more information about ADH awards, please visit:
https://dresshistorians.org/awards

Monday, 2 November 2020

9:00am-6:00pm

Our international conference, titled, Costume Drama: A History of Clothes for Stage and Screen, 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. For more information about this conference, please visit: https://dresshistorians.org/bristol-conference-2020/

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

11:59pm

Tuesday, 1 December 2020 is the Call For Papers deadline for The International Conference of Dress Historians (on 21–22 October 2021), which will be held for the first time in Turin, Italy, at the Conservation and Restoration Center (CCR) “La VenariaReale” (https://www.centrorestaurovenaria.it), one of the most important Italian institutes for higher education, research, and conservation of cultural heritage. The title and theme of this conference is:

Curation and Conservation: Dress and Textiles in Museums.

To submit a proposal to present, simply email the following information by 11:59pm Tuesday, 1 December 2020 (in English or Italian) to adhconference2021@centrorestaurovenaria.it as a .doc or .docx attachment (not a .pdf): 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 that represents your paper (and which can be published in the conference programme), and a complete reference for the image.For more information about this CFP, please visit: https://dresshistorians.org/cfp-turin-2020/

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

11:59pm

This is the Call For Papers deadline for article submissions for the special themed issue of The Journal of Dress History, which will be themed, 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 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, and 150–word (maximum) author’s biography. Please submit articles as a Word document to journal@dresshistorians.org.
For more information about this opportunity, please visit:
https://dresshistorians.org/journal/

Monday, 7 December 2020

5:30pm-7:30pm

ADH members are warmly invited to our annual Christmas Party and Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, 7 December 2020 at the historic Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT. Doors open at 5:30pm; the AGM will begin at 6:00pm; and the celebration will finish at 7:30pm. 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.

Thursday, 22 April 2021

6:00pm-8:00pm

Save the date! There will be a wine reception held at the historic Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT. This friendly networking event will be held on the evening before The New Research in Dress History Conference. Tickets and information will be available soon.

Friday and Saturday, 23-24 April 2021

9:00am-6:00pm

Save the date! The Association of Dress Historians is delighted to announce its annual New Research in Dress History Conference, which will take place Friday and Saturday, 23–24 April 2021 at the historic Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT. Please join us for an exciting two days of research in dress history! Tickets and information will be available soon after the Call For Papers closes on 1 August 2020.

Thursday–Friday, 21–22 October 2021

9:00am-6:00pm

On 21–22 October 2021 our annual International Conference of Dress Historians will be held for the first time in Turin, Italy, at the Conservation and Restoration Center (CCR) “La VenariaReale” (https://www.centrorestaurovenaria.it), one of the most important Italian institutes for higher education, research, and conservation of cultural heritage. The title and theme of this conference is Curation and Conservation: Dress and Textiles in Museums. This special conference will be conducted in English and Italian.
For more information about this conference, please visit:
https://dresshistorians.org/cfp-turin-2020/

Monday, 1 November 2021

11:59pm

This is the deadline for all submissions to the following monetary ADH awards:

• The Association of Dress Historians Student Fellowships
• The Madeleine Ginsburg Grant
• The Aileen Ribeiro Grant

For more information about ADH awards, please visit:
https://dresshistorians.org/awards

Monday, 6 December 2021

5:30pm-7:30pm

ADH members are warmly invited to our annual Christmas Party and Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, 6 December 2021 at the historic Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT. Doors open at 5:30pm; the AGM will begin at 6:00pm; and the celebration will finish at 7:30pm. 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.

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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