A Message from the President
Welcome to the online home of the Costume Society of America! CSA is not only a professional organization for lovers of history of costume in all its aspects; it is much more than that. It is a social group of like-minded men and women who have made amazing friendships and connections through their involvement in this organization either through its diverse regional programs, national symposia, study tours, and leadership, or have benefited from the many opportunities to publish, or from one of CSA’s many grants, awards, or honors. This organization is especially generous in support of its membership through these opportunities.
My involvement with the organization began when I was working in the costume shop at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. My shop manager was a member of CSA and she took us to Chicago to see the Genius of Charles James exhibition. While I did not become a member at that time, exposure to costume exhibitions and regional programs had primed me for when I did become a member a couple of years later while living in New England and attending a regional program there. I joined with a friend, and we have been members now for almost 30 years. We went to our first national symposium together and although we live miles apart, still connect at national meetings. She is still a costume designer in theater, while my career went in the direction of museum curator.
That is another great thing about this organization. There are so many people from different walks of life, but with a shared interest in clothing history. Whether you are an educator in a school, a museum curator, a re-enactor, a theater costumer, a collector, or just have a strong passion for history of dress you will find your people here. As a member, you will have access to the members-only site that provides contact information, communities of practice topics and list-serve networking and resources.
On behalf of our members worldwide, we invite you to explore all the areas of this site to learn about this great organization and all the things it has to offer. Enjoy browsing and getting to know us. If I have piqued your interest, consider joining and becoming a member of this extraordinary and remarkable organization. We will be your Virtual Center for the Study of Dress through education, research, preservation and design!
Gayle Strege, President
Costume Society of America
CSA Executive Committee Nominations are due by January 31, 2017. To make a nomination, please complete the form.
Gayle Strege is the curator of The Historic Costume & Textiles Collection in the Fashion and Retail Studies program at The Ohio State University, a position she has held since 1996. In addition to curating over 20 costume exhibitions at the university, Ms. Strege has installed costumes in exhibitions at several US venues including the Chicago History Museum, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Museum of American Textile History in Lowell, MA, and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH. She started her career in historic dress in the costume shop of the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.
President Elect, 2016-2018
Board of Directors 2014-2017
Sara Marcketti is Associate Professor in the AESHM Department and Associate Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Iowa State University. She holds a Ph.D. from Iowa State University and an M.S. and A.B. from the University of Georgia. She has been a proud member of CSA since 2000, and previous to her role as VP for Internal Relations Dr. Marcketti has served CSA as Vice President of Publications, co-chair of professional development sessions at annual meetings, and co-chair of the Annual Meeting and Symposium in Kansas City, Missouri.
Past President, 2016-2018
Kathy Mullet is Associate Professor of Apparel Design in the College of Business at Oregon State University. Her research interests include cultural and historical influences in American sportswear design and production.
Sheryl Farnan Leipzig, Ph.D. serves as faculty for the business, math, and fashion programs at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Missouri. She has been an active member of CSA since 2002, serving as Program co-Chair for the 2010 National Symposium in Kansas City, Missouri, Board Member for the Midwest Region, V.P. of External Affairs, and Treasurer.
Patricia Dillon is the President of Putnam Art Advisors and Consultants, Inc., specialists in the de-accessioning, financing, purchase and appraisal of fine art and antiques. Previously, she was a litigator who tried dozens of cases to verdict including matters involving authenticity and value in fine and decorative art. She has also taught Art Law to appraisers and other art professionals at New York University. Patricia graduated from Boston College, The London School of Economics and Political Science and New York Law School.
Vice President for Internal Relations, 2016-2018
Board of Directors, 2016-2019
Ariele Elia is assistant curator of Costume and Textiles, Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). She has curated or co-curated a number of exhibits including: “Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits,” “Fashion and Technology,” and “Global Fashion Capitals.” Elia has lectured at Oxford, NYU, Eyebeam, and the University of Rhode Island. Her essay, “The Wardrobe of the Modern Athlete: Activewear in the 1930s” was published in the book Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashion of the 1930s. She holds an MA in Fashion and Textile: History, Theory, and Museum Practices from FIT, as well as a BA in Art History from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Vice President for Education & Programs, 2016-2018
Lalon Alexander teaches at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. She joined CSA as a student in 1994. Lalon holds a PhD in Higher Education with the University of the Incarnate Word, an MFA from Carnegie Mellon in Costume Design, and a BS in Fashion Design from Texas Tech. Previously Lalon worked in New York as a professional beader for Broadway and film before starting her own business in custom hand embroidery with her sister. Lalon currently teaches the beginning design and patterning classes and advanced construction classes, portfolio and surface design at UIW. Her research focuses on professional beading and embroidery with an emphasis in theater arts.
Vice President for Publications, 2015-2017
Susan Strawn is Processor Emerita in design and merchandising at Dominican University (Chicago), where she has taught historical/cultural dress and textiles. She earned her Ph.D. In textiles and clothing from Iowa State University. Her research interests include the history of hand knitting and the cross-cultural interpretation and consumption of dress, textiles, and fashion.
Deborah A. Brothers
Vice President for Awards, Grants, and Honors, 2015-2017
Deborah A. Brothers is Costume Director and Lecturer in Theatre at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. She has designed for Williamstown Theatre Festival, Shakespeare & Co., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Magic Theatre, Bigger Lights Theatre, Williams College, Skidmore College, and Bucknell University. Brothers has received the Bay Area Theatre Critics Award and the Dramalogue Award. She has been a CSA member since 1987, and she was Co-Chair for the 37th CSA Annual Symposium and Meeting in Boston and the Marketplace Chair for the Annual Symposium and Meeting in Hartford, CT. Brothers has served on the CSA Northeastern Region board as President, Vice-President, and Nominations Chair.
Vice President for External Relations, 2016-2017
Board of Directors, 2015-2018
Marcella Martin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Italian Studies at New York University. She holds a BA in Italian Studies from the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) and a MA in Costume Studies from NYU. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies Martin was Curator of the Textile and Costume Collection at Philadelphia University, where she also taught courses on the history of costume and textiles. Her research interests include the history of costume and textiles in Italy and in Italian literature, and the role of craft in the development of an Italian national identity. Martin has contributed to publications on clothing, Italian fashion, and museums and currently serves as the President of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Costume Society of America.
Vice President for Technology, 2016-2017
Monica Sklar is an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia as well as the liaison to the university’s Historic Costume Collection. She has a Ph.D. in Design-Apparel Studies from the University of Minnesota, focused on Socio-cultural and behavioral aspects of dress; 20th/21st century design history, theory, and criticism; aesthetics, innovation & creativity; and retailing and consumers. Beyond academia Monica has worked in art and design museums/galleries, fashion and art journalism and wardrobe styling, and retail.
Board of Directors
CSA Board Nominations are due by January 31, 2017. To make a nomination, please complete the form.
Martha Winslow Grimm
Martha Winslow Grimm has been textile conservator and executive director of Textile & Costume Conservation Services in Phoenix, Arizona for over 25 years. She holds a M.S. degree in Textiles from Kansas State University and was awarded a NEA Master Apprenticeship Grant while at the St. Louis Art Museum. As a conservator she works with museums and historic homes throughout the Midwest and the West. An active member of CSA since 1986, Martha has served as National Secretary, Director, Travel Research Committee Chair, Southwestern regional board member, and has chaired numerous regional meetings. She has been Co-Chair and organizer of the Angels Projects for the past 10 years.
Tove Hermanson is a freelance writer and lecturer on fashion history and culture in New York City, employing a fashion-historical lens to gain insight into politics, social and class struggles, sexual identity themes, race issues, and more. Her articles appear in the Huffington Post, Worn Through, and Thread for Thought, among other publications. She is currently studying Interior Design, applying art and fashion theory principles to this analogous design field.
Connie Frisbee Houde
Connie Frisbee Houde is History Collections Technician at the New York State Museum. She holds an MA in Theater Arts and a BA in Theater Arts, both from California State University at Long Beach. She has worked with small to midsized collections in exhibitions, collection care and management, and in the 1990s she began to travel as a humanitarian journalist photographer documenting the cultural traditions surrounding dress. She has been a member of CSA since its founding, and has served as recording secretary and as a member of the nominating, small museum and symposium paper selection committees.
Mark is the Journeyman Tailor and Supervisor in the Department of Historic Trades at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. For more than twenty-five years he has studied and replicated original 17th through early 19th century garments, in order to document and reconstruct the practices of the tailor’s trade. As a tradesman and historian Mark shares his knowledge with visitors to Colonial Williamsburg, as well as by teaching the trade in a formal apprenticeship, and in frequent workshops and lectures.
Howard Vincent Kurtz
CSA Endowment Chair
Howard Vincent Kurtz is the Professor of Theater and Head of the Design and Technical Theater Program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. For the past twenty years, he has taught costume design, fashion history, pattern drafting, makeup design, and other costume related courses. His previous work experience before George Mason included several years as a draper in New York City, creating costumes for Broadway, Hollywood films, and television. As a member of the professional costume union, Howard has designed costumes at many regional and local theaters in the Washington, D.C. metro area. In addition to his academic and professional work, Howard is the Associate Curator of Costumes and Textiles at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens.
Catherine Amoroso Leslie
Catherine Amoroso Leslie has a B.A. from Denison University and received a Master’s degree from Colorado State University. After earning her PhD in Textiles and Clothing from The Ohio State University, she joined the faculty of Kent State University’s Fashion School where she teaches History of Costume and Historic Textiles along with serving as Graduate Studies Coordinator. A CSA member since 1999 and member of the 2007 Scholars’ Roundtable, Catherine has been on the Midwest Regional Board for eight years and was Regional President from 2012-2014.
Jean L. Parsons is Associate Professor at the University of Missouri and Curator of the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection. She holds a Ph.D. in Costume History from University of Maryland. She researches and publishes on the early development of the apparel industry, with an emphasis of the roles of sewing and design in women’s lives, and on design piracy. Jean is a past president of the Midwestern region of CSA, having also served on the regional board for many years, and she was named to the Scholar’s Roundtable in 2007. Dr. Parsons coauthored, with Jane Farrell-Beck, 20th Century Dress in the United States.
Petra Slinkard is Curator of Costumes at the Chicago History Museum and has over ten years of experience curating at both social history and fine art institutions. Prior to joining Chicago History Museum, she worked at Indianapolis Museum of Art and at Indiana University where she worked with the Sage Collection and taught classes in Fashion History, Fundamentals of Textiles, Consumer Behavior, Professional Selling & International Marketing. Her interests lie in historical dress as it pertains to the study of world cultures, haute couture, fashion show production, adoption and diffusion theories, manufacturing, and subcultural dress.
Jo Ann Stabb
Jo Ann Stabb is a designer, author and lecturer focusing on the field of fashion and wearable art. She is Senior Lecturer Emerita at UC Davis, where she was a faculty member from 1968 to 2002 teaching clothing, fashion, historic costume, ethnographic costume and contemporary wearable design. Her written articles and reviews on contemporary wearables are published in the Surface Design Journal and American Craft magazine. She has lectured nationally and internationally on clothing and wearable design to many professional associations, and she was executive producer of the video series “Wearable Art from California.” Stabb has been a CSA Member since 1975, and has served in many leadership capacities over the years.
Dr. Ann Wass has been a member of CSA since 1986, when she began her Ph.D. studies. Through the years, she has been an adjunct professor, worked in theater costume shops, and was a retail management trainee. For the last 14 years, she has been the history/museum specialist and is currently the acting manager at Riversdale, a Federal era house museum of the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. She researches and makes clothing for living history interpretation of the Federal/Regency era and has written a book on the subject.
Jacqueline Wayneguite is the Collection Manager at the Fashion Study Collection at Columbia College Chicago. Previously, she was the Collection Manager at the Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection at North Dakota State University and Collection Technician at the American Textile History Museum. She has a BS in Apparel and Textile Design with a Museum Studies Minor from the Michigan State University and an MS in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Aside from her positions on the Executive Board, Social Media Committee, and Board of Directors for CSA, Wayneguite was a co-chair for the CSA Midwest Symposium and Annual Meeting in September 2013.
Janea Whitacre is Mistress Milliner and Mantua-maker in the Department of Historic Trades at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Her research in her trades, their products, and their technologies led to preserving the Trades of Milliner and Mantua-maker by way of Apprenticeship Program in 1995. She researches and studies 18th-century clothing as well as the lives, work and successes of her 18thc counterparts and regularly shares her knowledge through workshops and lectures. She is active in CSA and local theater and dance costuming, and her reproductions of 18thc accessories and clothing have been included in museum exhibits from Boston to Los Angeles as well as daily being exhibited at Colonial Williamsburg.
Kristen Miller Zohn
Kristen Miller Zohn has served as CSA’s Executive Director since January of 2015, and she has been a member since 2012. She has an MA from Florida State University and a BA from Salem College, both in Art History. Her previous work was with Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Reynolda House, Albany Museum of Art, and Columbus Museum. Miller Zohn is a Past President of the Southeastern Museums Conference and was a council member for 10 years. She is a contributing author to The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Vol. 20, Art and Architecture, and she has published articles about Jane Austen and the visual arts in Persuasions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The award of Fellow is the highest honor the Costume Society of America can bestow on its members.
A Fellow shall be a member of the Society for at least ten continuous years whose members wish to honor for exceptional dedication, commitment, leadership and service within the Society and for significant contributions to the field of costume.
St. Paul, MN
Briarcliff Manor, NY
Elizabeth Wayland Barber
June Burns Bove
Caralee Biery Smith
Patricia Reiff Anawalt
Los Angeles, CA
Joanne Bubolz Eicher
St. Paul, MN
No award granted
Sally Helventston Gray
West Kingston, RI
Patricia C. Warner
Claudia Brush Kidwell
No award granted
No award granted
New York, NY
Otto Charles Thieme
Helene Von Rosenstiel
Alicia M. Annas
San Diego, CA
Elizabeth S. Brown
Belle Mead, NJ
Patricia A. Trautman
New York, NY
J. Herbert Callister
Elizabeth Ann Coleman
New York, NY
New York, NY
Dr. Jack Handford
Los Angeles, CA