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Grants, Awards & Honors

Grants:

Adele Filene Student Presenter Grant

College and University Collection Care Grant

CSA Travel Research Grant

Stella Blum Student Research Grant

Small Museum Collection Care Grant

Angels Project

Awards &
Honors:

Award of Excellence in Costume Design/Technology

CSA Fellow Award

Millia Davenport Publication Award

Richard Martin Exhibition Award

Scholars' Roundtable Honor

 

 

 

Millia Davenport Publication Award

Purpose

The Millia Davenport Publication Award recognizes excellence in scholarship in the study of costume and promotes research and publication on dress. The award is given to a published book or exhibition catalogue that makes a significant contribution to the study of costume, reflects original thought and exceptional creativity, and draws on appropriate research methods and techniques. The author ofthe winning book receives a certificate, a $500 honorarium funded by the CSA Endowment, and an invitation to speak at CSA’s National Symposium the following year.

Description

The Millia Davenport Publication Award, first given in 1991, is named to honor Millia Davenport (1896-1992), noted costume scholar and theatre designer. Her work The Book of Costume (1948), a pioneering comprehensive reference work on the history of costume, brought international recognition to this woman, whose theatre design career included collaborating with Robert Edmond Jones and Donald Oenslager at the Provincetown Playhouse, Eve Le Galliene at the Civic Repertory Theatre, and James Reynolds and Maxwell Anderson on Broadway.

Eligibility

To be eligible a book must be:

  • a published book or exhibition catalogue by single author, multiple authors, or an edited book with contributors
  • on a subject pertaining to any aspect of costume (history, theatre, fashion, design, etc.) but reflecting the goals and philosophy of the Costume Society of America
  • a scholarly work, with proper citations of sources and, as needed, bibliographic information, indices, glossary, and appendices
  • published during the previous calendar year (books published a year earlier may be considered if they did not become available until late in the year or if nominations closed earlier than usual)
  • published in English for practical reasons
  • by an author who is a citizen of the Americas; in the case of a multi-authored work, a majority of authors must be citizens of the Americas; in the case of edited books, a majority of both editors and contributors must be citizens of the Americas
  • the author or authors do not have to be members of CSA
  • Nomination Deadline

    Nominations are due by January 31.

    Nomination Procedure

    Nominations may be made by anyone and should include the complete title of the book, names of the author or authors, name and location of publisher, and (if possible) confirmation that the author is or the majority of authors are citizens of the Americas. Send to:

    Kristina Haugland, Millia Davenport Publication Award Committee Chair
    P.O. Box 7646
    Philadelphia, PA, 19130
    khaugland@philamuseum.org

    Questions? Contact Kristina Haugland, CSA Millia Davenport Publication Award Committee Chair, at khaugland@philamuseum.org.

    Selection Criteria

    Short-listed books will be evaluated on:

  • significance of the subject
  • quality of scholarship
  • appropriateness of research methods and techniques
  • quality of writing
  • originality
  • creativity of treatment
  • organization and documentation
  • appropriateness of illustrations
  • quality of illustrations
  • Award Schedule

    Nominated books are examined by the chair to confirm their eligibility. Publishers of eligible books short listed for the award are then asked to send copies to the seven committee members who serve as jurors. Authors and/or publishers are notified that their book has or has not received the award by early May. The award-winning book and the short list are announced at the CSA National Symposium. The author of the award-winning book receives a certificate, the honorarium, and an invitation to speak at the CSA National Symposium the following year.

    Where to buy Millia Davenport Award books

    Most of the books that have received the Millia Davenport Publication Award are available from the CSA Bookstore.

     

    Millia Davenport Publication Award Recipients

    2013:
    Christina Bates
    A Cultural History of the Nurse's Uniform

    2012:
    Kathy Peiss
    Zoot Suit: The Enigmatic Career of an Extreme Style

    2011:
    Susan Hiner
    Accessories to Modernity: Fashion and the Feminine in Nineteenth-Century France
    View CSA video interview with Susan Hiner

    2010:
    Alexandra Palmer
    Dior: A New Look, A New Enterprise (1947-57)

    2009:
    Pravina Shukla
    The Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India

    2008:
    Jacqueline Field, Marjorie Senechal and Madelyn Shaw
    American Silk 1830-1930: Entrepreneurs and Artifacts

    2007:
    Marla R. Miller
    The Needle's Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution

    2006:
    David and Barbara Fraser
    Mantles of Merit: Chin Textiles from Myanmar, India, and Bangladesh

    Honorable Mention: Melissa Leventon
    Artwear: Fashion and Anti-Fashion

    2005:
    Irene Guenther
    Nazi Chic? Fashioning Women in the Third Reich

    2004:
    Sharon Sadako Takedo in collaboration with Monica Berthe and Other Contributors
    Miracles and Mischief: Noh and Kyõgen Theatre in Japan

    2003:
    Linda Baumgarten
    What Clothes Reveal, The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America

    2002:
    Valerie Steele
    The Corset - A Cultural History

    2001:
    Nancy Rexford
    Women's Shoes in America: 1795 - 1930

    2000:
    Dr. Elizabeth Wayland Barber
    The Mummies of Ürümchi

    1999:
    Betty Kirke
    Madeleine Vionnet

    Dr. Beverly Lemire
    Dress, Culture and Commerce: The English Clothing Trade Before the Factory, 1660-1800

    1998:
    Betty Kobayashi Issenman
    Sinews of Survival: The Living Legacy of Inuit Clothing

    1997:
    Judy Frater
    Threads of Identity: Embroidery and Adornment of the Nomadic Rabaris

    1996:
    Joan Severa
    Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion 1840-1900

    1995:
    Elizabeth Wayland Barber
    Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years

    1994:
    Liza C. Dalby
    Kimono: Fashioning Culture

    1993:
    Dale Carolyn Gluckman and Sharon Sadako Tekeda
    When Art Became Fashion: Kosode in Edo-Period Japan

    1992:
    Elizabeth Wayland Barber
    Prehistoric Textiles

    1991:
    Kate C. Duncan
    Northern Athapaskan Art: A Beadwork Tradition

     

    For application materials, specific eligibility requirements, or more detailed information, please contact the National Office. Include the name of the grant in your request.

     

     

     

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