The Society Art Deco Victoria (SADV) was established in Melbourne in 1992. Over the next decade or so, membership and interest extended to cover other parts of Australia, so the name was changed to the Art Deco Society (ADS).
In 2007, ADS hosted the Ninth World Congress on Art Deco sharing the delights of Melbourne art deco with over a hundred international and local delegates.
The Society assisted the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) with the Art Deco: 1910-1939 exhibition during the 2008 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces season. Members of ADS loans items and supplied photographs for the exhibition and assisted with the symposium and other events related to the exhibition.
In 2009, ADS became ADMS. The change of name to the Art Deco and Modernism Society better reflecting the areas of interest and expertise of the organisation.