Win a Geraldine Stutz Annual Research Award for your original contribution 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: for an original written research paper or an original visual essay, using primary sources, on the subject of the history of fashion and dress in New York c1890-2010 (focusing on a specific topic and period).

Two prizes will be awarded, each of $1,500. Entrants may choose to submit a research paper or 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.


Parsons Undergraduate students in their Junior and Senior years, AAS students, Graduate students, and Alumni from all programs 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The visual essay will comprise 20-25 previously unpublished color or black and white  photographs, each with a descriptive and analytical caption of 200-250 words.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 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, including the Kellen Archive and the Fashion Study collection; develop Parsons-related topics. Other topics on the history of New York fashion c1890-2010 will also be considered.

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 Rachel Lifter

Professor Elizabeth Morano



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.


Initial proposals/expressions of interest (500-750 words) should be submitted by: Friday October 27, 2017 to Professor Clark:,

Subject line: Stutz Award 2018.

Selected proposals will then be invited to submit for the award. Deadline for submission: Friday March 2, 2018.

Prize winners will be notified in April 2018.

An award ceremony will be held in late May 2018.

Any questions should be addressed to



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