2017 Costume Society of America Grants, Awards and Honors Announced

Costume Society of America (CSA) announced today its grants, awards and honors for 2017. “The awardees this year include a wonderful selection of writers, scholars, designers, curators, students, and more, who are representing costume and dress in many fabulous and sublime ways,” says Deborah Brothers, Vice President for CSA’s Grants, Awards and Honors.  “Many of these awardees attend CSA’s Annual Meeting and National Symposium to present their winning exhibitions, books, designs, and scholarly research to our attending CSA members. CSA is proud of the range of these awards and grants that we offer. We have dedicated CSA volunteers on the various committees who devote their time, experience, and expertise to select these award and grant winners each year. Warm wishes to all the winners this year and to all the committee members, who are all in service to the mission of the Costume Society of America- Education, Research, Preservation and Design.”

The CSA Costume Design Award is being given to Susan Hilferty of New York, NY for her work on Salomé, produced at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C. Hilferty’s research materials and renderings serve to establish a creative and singular point of view, demonstrating the importance of her vision to the resulting innovative interpretation of the stage play.

The recipient of the Millia Davenport Publication Award is American Style and Spirit: The Fashions and Lives of the Roddis Family, 1850-1995 by Jane Bradbury and Edward Maeder.  The book was chosen for the high level of scholarship and for the fact that an original interpretation and study of a collection spanning 150 years contextualized the dress of a middle-class family.

Dr. Claire Nicholas of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the recipient of the Betty Kirke Excellence in Research Award for the presentation she will give at this year’s Annual Meeting and Symposium, Dress, Gender, and Revolution in 20th Century Morocco.  Dr. Nicholas has shown an impressive body of research and creative historical-cultural interpretations of an important, and overlooked, topic.

Richard Martin Exhibition Awards are given to the University of Alberta for Eyewear: Fashion with Vision and to Los Angeles County Museum of Art for Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015. Eyewear showed excellent innovation in the professor’s approach to developing an exhibition concept and content within an upper-level undergrad course, where the students are the co-curators and are involved in every single phase of the exhibition, from development to execution and installation.  Reigning Men makes a major contribution to the understanding of men’s dress between 1715 and 2015, and significantly, is aimed not at historians of dress, but at “regular people” by focusing on concepts rather than chronology.  An official commendation was given by the award committee to North Carolina Museum of History for their beautifully designed, thoughtful exhibition Made Especially for You by Willie Kay.

Award winners will be honored during CSA’s 43rd Annual Meeting & Symposium at the Westin Portland Harborview in Portland, Maine on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at 5:30 pm, and the awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting on Friday, June 2, 2017, at 1:00 pm.  A full list of Grants, Awards and Honors follows.

Pictured above from left to right: Salomé at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C.; cover image, American Style and Spirit: The Fashions and Lives of the Roddis Family, 1850-1995 by Jane Bradbury and Edward Maeder; curators at LACMA dress a mannequin for Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015.