Be the first to win a Geraldine Stutz Annual Research Award for your original submission that extends existing knowledge of New York fashion and its history, c1890-2010.


Awards will be given 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).

Each award will include a prize of $2,500.* Winning entries will be added to the research site ‘Women in New York Fashion: A Research Agenda’:

Submission Requirements

  • Parsons Undergraduate students in their Junior and Senior years, Graduate students, and Alumni are invited to submit work.
  • One submission 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  • The visual essay will comprise 20-25 previously unpublished color or black and white images, each with a descriptive and analytical caption of 200-250 words, (any notes and all bibliographic and other references should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 will 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, and 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


*Judges reserve the right to make the awards only to submissions that meet the criteria.



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