Grants, Awards & Honors


Adele Filene Student Presenter Grant

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CSA Travel Research Grant

Stella Blum Student Research Grant

Small Museum Collection Care Grant

Angels Project

Awards &

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


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.


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.


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 or has been a member of the Costume Society of America for at least five consecutive years directly prior to the nomination; in the case of a multi-authored work, a majority of authors must be citizens of the Americas or members of CSA for at least five consecutive years directly prior to the nomination; in the case of edited books, a majority of both editors and contributors must be citizens of the Americas or members of CSA for at least five consecutive years directly prior to the nomination
  • the author or authors who are citizens of the Americas do not have to be members of CSA
  • Nomination Deadline

    Nominations are due by January 31, 2016.

    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:

    Elizabeth Bryan, Millia Davenport Publication Award Committee Chair
    c/o The Costume Institute
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    1000 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10028-0198

    Questions? Contact Elizabeth Bryan, CSA Millia Davenport Publication Award Committee Chair, at

    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

    Valerie Steele, editor
    A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk

    Christina Bates
    A Cultural History of the Nurse's Uniform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Irene Guenther
    Nazi Chic? Fashioning Women in the Third Reich

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

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

    Valerie Steele
    The Corset - A Cultural History

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

    Dr. Elizabeth Wayland Barber
    The Mummies of Ürümchi

    Betty Kirke
    Madeleine Vionnet

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

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

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

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

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

    Liza C. Dalby
    Kimono: Fashioning Culture

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

    Elizabeth Wayland Barber
    Prehistoric Textiles

    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.