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Announcing: The First Geraldine Stutz Annual Research Award 2017

Written by School of Fashion | Sep 28, 2016.

Submissions are invited for the first Geraldine Stutz Annual Research Award (2016/17) for original contributions that will extend existing knowledge of New York fashion and its history, c1890-2010.

Outstanding research recognition awards in the name of the late Geraldine Stutz will be made to two prize winners: one for an original written research paper, and the other for an original visual essay on the subject of the history of fashion in New York (focusing on a specific topic and period).

Two prizes, each of $2,500, will be awarded, one for a research paper and the other for a visual essay. Winning entries will be added to the research site ‘Women in New York Fashion: A Research Agenda’:

Women in New York Fashion: A Research Agenda was a research project (2013-16) at Parsons School of Design, with funding from the Geraldine Stutz Trust. It investigated and acknowledged the work of Geraldine Stutz (1924 – 2005), who served as President of Henri Bendel (1957-1986) a major fashion specialty store in New York City. This project placed her work and accomplishments alongside those of other under-recognized women who were key to the development, business, and creative impact of New York fashion retailing in the twentieth century.

Submission Requirements

Parsons Undergraduate students in their Junior and Senior years, Graduate students, and Alumni are invited to submit work.

One submission only per entrant, either of an original illustrated research paper, or of a visual essay; joint entries from more than one author will also be accepted.

The length of the research paper should be approximately 5000 – 7000 words, including all notes, bibliographic and other references and captions.

The visual essay will comprise 20-25 previously unpublished color or black and white images, each with a descriptive and analytical caption of 200-250 words, (any notes and all bibliographic and other references should be submitted, but are not included in the word count).

The submission should not have been previously published or submitted in full for assessment (students may however develop course research projects).

Entries are strongly encouraged that: focus on the role of women in New York fashion; develop work on the historical period during, preceding or succeeding the activities of Geraldine Stutz at Henri Bendel; use Parsons archives; develop Parsons-related topics.

Entrants may seek guidance from faculty in researching and writing their entries.

Further details about submissions may also be sought from members judging panel, ADHT Fashion Studies faculty:

Professor Hazel Clark

Professor Christina Moon

Professor Elizabeth Morano

Submission Details:

Submissions should be well-structured and professionally-presented, include an excellent standard of critical evaluation of the source material, be balanced and logical in approach, have an articulate and well-evidenced argument.

Methods of research and delivery should reflect good practice in historical research and analysis and bring a critical approach and sophisticated knowledge to the chosen subject.

Submissions must be emailed to: and also submitted in printed copy to the School of Art and Design History and Theory, Rm 609, 2 W 13th Street.

Entries must be submitted no later than noon on Friday January 20, 2017.

Prize winners will be notified early in March 2017

A day symposium and award ceremony will be held in late April/early May 2017.

Any questions should be addressed to

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