Valerie Cumming is currently Editor of Costume: The Journal of the Costume Society. She is a former Chairman of The Costume Society (2004-2009) and has worked with museums for many years as a curator, administrator and trustee.
Nearly forty years on [...] the volume reappears as The Dictionary of Fashion History, skilfully enlarged and re-edited by Valerie Cumming. Given fresh life and thorough coverage from 1900 through the present day, the new dictionary is once again ready to prove itself a trustworthy guide and companion to all those interested in the absorbing study of clothing. -- Review of the first edition, Ann Saunders, Editor of Costume 1967-2007 A welcome, needed update of an early landmark dictionary on dress; a must have for all who care about the A to Z of fashion. -- Review of the first edition, Joanne B. Eicher, Regents Professor Emerita at the University of Minnesota Concise yet detailed, academic, and fabulous, it is truly a dictionary. The Dictionary of Fashion History is an essential purchase for any library serving patrons with an interest in fashion, clothing, art, history, theater, anthropology, or nearly any area of the social sciences. -- Review of the first edition, Library Journal This new edition brings The Dictionary of Fashion History completely up date, immersing it within today's material culture approaches to fashion history. Above all, this edition is gloriously enhanced by Valerie Cumming's admirable choice of color images of precious surviving garments and accessories. -- Lou Taylor, Brighton University, UK