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.

ADH Patrons

Aileen Ribeiro
Aileen Ribeiro,
Patron Emerita

Aileen Ribeiro is Patron Emerita of The Association of Dress Historians. She read history at King’s College, London, followed by an MA and PhD at The Courtauld Institute of Art. She was Head of The Department of Dress History at The Courtauld Institute of Art, 1975-2009. She lectures widely and has acted as costume consultant/contributor to many major museum exhibitions in Great Britain, Europe, and North America. Alieen Ribeiro has published many books and articles on various aspects of the history of dress, including The Art of Dress: Fashion in England and France 1750–1820 (1995); Dress and Morality (2003); Fashion and Fiction: Dress in Art and Literature in Stuart England (2006); Facing Beauty: Painted Women and Cosmetic Art (2011); A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery (with Cally Blackman) (2015); and Clothing Art: The Visual Culture of Fashion, 1600–1914 (2017).

Janet Mayo, Patron

Janet has been a member of the ADH since its conception as CHODA. Her first degree was in theology at Birmingham University, and she followed it with an MA in History of Dress, taught by Aileen Ribeiro, at The Courtauld Institute of Art, specialising in British eighteenth century dress. Janet wrote her MA dissertation on Aesthetic Dress at the end of the nineteenth century. This combination of degrees led to the publication of A History of Ecclesiastical Dress (B.T. Batsford, 1984). Janet worked as a Costume Supervisor in the theatre and opera, finally head of costume at The National Theatre, London, during the time of Sir Peter Hall and Richard Eyre. In Brussels, Janet worked in the uniforms section of the Textiles Department of The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History. Janet can be reached at email janet.mayo@dresshistorians.org.

Our patrons have a long history of involvement in (and support for) The Association of Dress Historians. They lend their time and influence in order to progress the activities of our charitable organisation.


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