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CSDF - Communities for the Study of Dress and Fashion Forum

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Founders, Past Leaders



Stella Blum
An international lecturer, author, costume consultant and guest curator.

• Curator of The Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY for thirty years.
• Gave CSA its name and served on the Board of Directors from 1977 to 1985.
• Served as Vice President 1973-1980.
• The CSA Stella Blum Grant stimulates and rewards outstanding student scholarship, and honors her memory.

Herb Callister
A pioneer in the field who regarded costume and textiles as a significant art form.

• Curator of the Hartford Atheneum, Hartford. CT.
• Trained as a fashion stylist and was associated with G. Fox & Company, Hartford, CT.
• Designed costumes and sets for drama, opera and dance.
• First CSA president, elected in 1973, and wrote CSA’s first constitution.

Elizabeth Ann Coleman
A world-renowned costume curator, scholar, author, and consultant on worldwide exhibits.

• Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, David and Roberta Logie Curator of Costume and Fashion Arts.
• Curator of Costumes, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.
• Curator of Costume, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.
• Served on the Board of Directors from 1973 – 2001.
• Second President 1976-1982.

Adele Filene
Sportswear and handbag designer, teacher, researcher for costume restoration.

• CSA was literally “born” in her living room June 28, 1973.
• Owned Adele Jay, Haute Couture Salon, London, England.
• First CSA Treasurer 1973-1979.
• Conducted successful CSA International Study Tours.
• Adele Filene Travel Award supports students’ scholarship
presentations at national symposia and honors her name.

Cora Ginsberg
An outstanding collector/dealer in costume and textiles who possessed an all encompassing knowledge of the history of dress.

• One of the first Americans to establish the study of dress as a legitimate discipline through her pioneering research, collecting and lecturing.
• She had a direct influence on collections in both the USA and abroad.
• Served on Board of Directors 1977-1987.

Elizabeth Jachimowicz
A multi-faceted contributor to the field of costume, through exhibits, teaching and publishing.

• Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL.
• Museum of the City of New York, NY.
• Taught History of Costume at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France for the Parsons School of Design Summer program.
• CSA President 1984-1988
• Served CSA in broad variety of ways including Vice President, Assistant Treasurer and Board of Directors member.


Past Presidents

J. Herbert Callister

Elizabeth Ann Coleman

Elizabeth Jachimowicz

Jean Druesedow

Inez Brooks-Myers

Alicia M. Annas

Colleen Callahan

Phyllis Specht

Joy Emery

Donna Locke

Rosalyn Lester

Kay King

Barbara Broudo

Sally Helvenston Gray

Robin Campbell

In Memoriam
(People who have made significant contributions
at the national level of CSA)

Stella Blum

J. Herbert Callister

Pattilou Cobb

Adele Filene

Peggy Gilfoy

Cora Ginsburg

Dr. Jack Handford

Ruth E. Hawthorne

Jim Liles

Richard Martin

Edward Praxmarer

Robert Riley

Shannon Rodgers

Don Stowell, Jr.

Elizabeth J. Thompson

Otto Charles Thieme




The Costume Society of America advances the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance. We work to stimulate scholarship and encourage study in the rich and diverse field of costume.