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.
Dr. Benjamin Linley Wild, FRHistS, is a cultural historian and currently Lecturer in Contextual Studies (Fashion) at The Fashion Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, England. Interested in the dress and appearance of a society’s leaders and elite, his research also considers the self- and group-presentation of people marginalised by their community. Specific areas of research interest and publishing include: history of clothing and fashion, fancy dress costume, royal dress and appearance, menswear, and masculinities. Benjamin’s most recent book, Carnival to Catwalk: Global Reflections on Fancy Dress Costume, was published by Bloomsbury in February 2020. Benjamin can be reached at email@example.com.
Marley Healy is a scholar and curator with expertise in fashion and costume history and contemporary theory. She has a BA in History from Harvard University Extension School, and an MA in Fashion Curation from the London College of Fashion. Marley wrote her MA dissertation on women’s active sportswear at the turn of the century and her areas of interest include early twentieth century fashion illustration, costume in film, and multidisciplinary exhibition making. Her curatorial work includes exhibitions at the Rambert ballet company on London’s South Bank, the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and the Women’s Museum of California. She also enjoys writing fashion-based exhibition and book reviews. Marley is an avid fan of Disney films and experiences and her current research and projects explore Disney-based fashion cultures and examine historical and contemporary fashion and dress influences in animated films.
Zara Kesterton is currently studying for an MLitt in Dress and Textile Histories at The University of Glasgow, Scotland, where she is researching botanical fashion in eighteenth century France and England. She recently graduated from The University of Cambridge, England, with an MPhil (Distinction) in Early Modern History. Her dissertation focused on the rise of France’s most famous fashion merchant, Marie-Jeanne Bertin, and was supervised by Professor Ulinka Rublack. Zara was awarded a Student Fellowship by The Association of Dress Historians in 2020 and worked on the editorial team for The Journal of Dress History.
Kirstin Purtich has contributed research and writing to exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Bard Graduate Center Gallery, and The Richard H. Driehaus Museum. She is a Wardrobe Manager at Garde Robe, in addition to working as an independent textile and fashion conservator and exhibition consultant. During 2016-2019, she was part of the curatorial team at the American Federation of Arts, where she organized traveling exhibitions of fashion, architecture, and design. Among these projects was Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960, an exhibition and catalogue from the FIDM Museum at Los Angeles’ Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She holds a MA in fashion conservation from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, and an MA in decorative arts, design history, and material culture from the Bard Graduate Center, New York.
Jeordy Raines is an historian with an interest in dress history, social history, and material culture. After obtaining a BA in History at Kings College London in 2018, she went on to study History of Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She graduated in 2019 with a Master’s degree in “Documenting Fashion: Modernity, Film & Image in Europe and America, 1920-1960,” supervised by Dr. Rebecca Arnold. Her dissertation topic, “’Jewish Women, English Dress: How Jewish Women in England Navigated Identity Through Clothing, 1939-1955,” explored extant dress, photographs, and oral histories to reveal the stories of Jewish women living in Britain during and after the Second World War. Jeordy is currently based in Los Angeles, California and works as an educator, archivist, and editor.
The ADH Editorial Sub-Committee provides editing and proofreading expertise to both internal and external ADH documentation.
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