Kent State University Press Wins 2015 PROSE Award

The Kent State University Press received a 2015 PROSE Award in the Single Volume – Humanities & Social Sciences category for “Wearable Prints, 1760-1860: History, Materials, and Mechanics” by Susan W. Greene. Sponsored by the Association of American Publishers, the PROSE Awards annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals and electronic content in more than 40 categories.

“Wearable Prints” surveys the history of wearable printed fabrics, which reaches back into the earliest days of the discovery of selectively patterned cloth with a focus on the Industrial Revolution. Greene brings together evidence from period publications and manuscripts, extant period garments and quilts, and scholarship on 18th- and 19th-century chemistry and technology, including more than 1,600 full-color images and a plentiful array of textile samples.

“Author and costume historian Susan Greene spent many years researching writing, and collecting the more than 1,600 images for her masterful and comprehensive history,” said Will Underwood, director of the Kent State University Press. “There is no other book quite like it.” 

Greene is a collector, museum consultant and independent scholar. Her collection of late 18th- and 19th-century clothing now resides at the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, New York. She is the author of “Textiles for Early Victorian Clothing” and has written several entries in Valerie Steele’s Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion and Carol Kammen’s Encyclopedia of Local History.

The PROSE Awards began in 1976. Each year, publishers and authors, judged by peer publishers, librarians and medical professionals, are recognized at the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., for their commitment to pioneering works of research and for contributing to the conception, production and design of landmark works in their fields.

“Kent State University Press is immensely proud to have published ‘Wearable Prints,’” Underwood said. “We are delighted that the Association of American Publishers has honored the book with this distinguished award.”

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POSTED: Monday, May 18, 2015 04:09 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM
Jake Crissman