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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.

10:00am–12:30pm, Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Factory Tour of Freed Dance Shoes, London:

ADH members are invited to attend a special factory tour of Freed of London, 62–64 Well Street, London, E9 7PX, www.freedoflondon.com. Freed is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of professional dance shoes. With an extensive history dating back to 1929, Freed of London shoes are hand crafted in the UK and today the Freed of London portfolio includes dance apparel, bridal and fashion collections.This exclusive ADH members’ event will include a ballet factory tour as well as a separate ballroom and theatrical factory tour. The cost for this event is £7 per person. Tickets to this event are limited and must be purchased online, here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/freed-of-london-factory-tour-tickets-71833336443

10:00am–11:15am, Thursday, 24 October 2019
Hand & Lock Atelier Tour, London:

ADH members are invited to attend a special guided tour of Hand & Lock Atelier, 86 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8TE, www.handembroidery.com. Hand & Lock has over 250 years’ experience embellishing, embroidering, and monogramming garments for the Royal family, the military, and fashion houses including Dior, Hermes, and Louis Vuitton. The studio is a fascinating cornucopia of traditional and contemporary embroidery. During the tour, we will dive into the history of Hand & Lock, examine pieces of embroidery, discover the hidden secrets of goldwork, and learn about gold and silver braid which traditionally embellishes military officers’ uniforms. The cost for this event is £10 per person. Tickets to this event are limited and must be purchased online, here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adh-members-tour-of-hand-lock-atelier-tickets-71835159897

12:30pm–3:30pm, Thursday, 24 October 2019
Curators’ Tour and Tea at The Fan Museum, London:

ADH members are invited to attend a special curators’ tour at The Fan Museum, 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8ER, www.thefanmuseum.org.uk. The tour will be conducted by Fan Museum Curator Jacob Moss and Assistant Curator Scott Schiavone, alongside Mrs. Alexander, the Founder and Director of The Fan Museum. We will enjoy a tour of the whole museum, which will include sessions in the museum’s storage facility, where we will view fans up close. We will then reconvene in the museum’s Orangery, where ADH members have exclusive use and will be served Cream Tea, which includes scones with cream, jam, and coffee/tea. The cost for this event is £12 per person, which includes entry to the museum, the guided curators’ tour of the museum with access into the museum’s storage facility, and Cream Tea in The Orangery. Tickets to this event are limited and must be purchased online, here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adh-members-tour-of-the-fan-museum-tickets-71836544037

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 artanddresshistory@gmail.com.
Note: This ADH members’ event is now fully booked.

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 55 academic paper presentations across two concurrent panels. For more information and to purchase a ticket to attend the conference, please visit www.dresshistorians.org/conference.

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
Conference Call For Papers Deadline:

The Association of Dress Historians will hold its New Research in Dress History Conference at The Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft in Gothenburg, Sweden on 19–20 August 2020. For this conference, the ADH welcomes individual 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. Additionally, the ADH welcomes themed panel proposals that include three speakers.

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, Friday, 1 November 2019: include your name, email address, descriptive paper title, 200–word (maximum) abstract (without footnotes), 150–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 conference, 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.

11:59pm GMT, Friday, 1 November 2019

Every year, the ADH awards the following monetary accolades:

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

ADH members are encouraged to apply. Non–members must become a member of The Association of Dress Historians before submitting an awards application as only applications from current ADH members will be considered.

All applications are due by 11:59pm GMT, Friday, 1 November 2019 to awards@dresshistorians.org.For more information and submission protocol, please visit www.dresshistorians.org/awards.

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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