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
Nominations are due by January 31, 2016.
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 email@example.com.
Short-listed books will be evaluated on:
significance of the subject
quality of scholarship
appropriateness of research methods and techniques
quality of writing
creativity of treatment
organization and documentation
appropriateness of illustrations
quality of illustrations
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.
Most of the books that have received the Millia Davenport Publication Award are available from the CSA Bookstore.