The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in scholarship
in the study of costume and to promote research and publication
on costume. It is awarded to a published book or exhibition
catalog 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 of the winning book receives $500, a certificate,
and an invitation to speak at the annual Symposium of the
Costume Society of America the following year.
The Millia Davenport Publication Award is named to honor the
memory of 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.
Publications must meet the following requirements:
- Published books
and exhibition catalogues, single author or multiple authors,
including edited books, are eligible.
- The subject of the book may pertain
to any aspect of costume (history, theatre, fashion. design, etc.)
but must reflect the
goals and philosophy
of the Costume Society of America.
- The awardee(s) does (do) not
have to be a member(s) of the Society.
- The author(s), or majority of authors
of a multi-authored work, must be citizens of the Americas. In the
case of edited books,
a majority of both editors and contributors must be citizens
- The book must have been published during the calendar
year preceding the date of the award. Books dated a year earlier
may be considered
if they did not become available until the following
year, or if nominations closed earlier than usual because the
Symposium was scheduled earlier than usual.
- For practical reasons, the
book should be published in English.
The closing date for nominations is January 15, assuming that the
annual Symposium is scheduled in June.
Nominations may be made by anyone and should be in the form of
a letter addressed to:
Costume Society of America National Office
Attention: Chair of the Millia Davenport Publication Award Committee
390 Amwell Road, Suite 402, Hillsborough, NJ 08844 USA
CSA Millia Davenport Publication Award Committee
Chair - Kristina Haugland
The letter should include
the complete title of the book, names of the author or authors,
name and location of publisher, and supporting information that the nominating person wishes to provide.
Most Millia Davenport Award books are available in the CSA Website Bookstore: