Editorial Writing

Fashion History Lessons

Fashionista column, June 2016-Present

Image courtesy of Flickr/Kate Gabrielle
Image courtesy of Flickr/Kate Gabrielle

I write a bi-monthly history column for the website Fashionista, which explores the origin and evolution of the fashion industry’s most influential and omnipresent businesses, icons, trends, and more.

Selected Articles:
How Halston, Levi Strauss and Ralph Lauren Changed Olympic Uniforms
From Sunlight to Sunless Tanners: The History of Our Obsession with Getting Tan
The Origins of Fast Fashion


 

Heighten Your Fashion Sense with Tips from Style Expert Sara Idacavage

Salon, November 6, 2013

Sara Idacavage
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“Back when people made their own clothes, or had them tailor-made, it was a lot easier to customize clothing. Today, with most people shopping from chain stores and following the same trends, it helps to put in a little effort into making your outfit a bit more unique, and a bit more ‘you’. Whether it’s adding a special piece of statement jewelry, wearing a garment in an unexpected way, or even completely altering an item, you’ll be surprised by how good it feels to stand out from the crowd.” []


Forward Movement

Atlas Magazine, Spring 2013

Atlas
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Profile on fashion designer Ann Yee. [Unavailable online.]


 

Campus Trends Graduate to High Fashion in “Ivy Style”

Time Out New York, September 9, 2012

Ivy Style
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“The average college male provides little sartorial inspiration these days, but for much of the 20th century, the campuses of Yale, Harvard, Princeton and other elite institutions popularized fashions that begot the preppy look we know today. The Museum at FIT’s new exhibit, “Ivy Style,” which opens Friday 14, shows that there’s more to the trend than bowties, tweed jackets and an aura of entitlement. The style originated on prestigious American campuses in the late 1910s and “possesses the best elements of American menswear,” says Patricia Mears, deputy director of the Museum at FIT and the exhibit’s cocurator. “The look is clean, classic and functional.” More than 60 ensembles—including madras shorts, sporting attire and formal wear—will be displayed in galleries resembling a grass-covered quad, classrooms and a midcentury university shop.” []


 

I Love My…Stonewashed Denim Motorcycle Jacket

Refinery29, April 19, 2012

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“Full disclosure: I used to have a serious jacket addiction. Leather bombers, silk blazers, plastic raincoats — you name it, I bought it. I had a jacket for every outfit and for every occasion, but then this denim beauty came into my life and I’ve been a changed woman ever since. It’s almost as if the Gap gods smiled down on me one day and decided to bequeath the denim jacket of my adolescent girl dreams. Two years and about a hundred shopping trips later, it still serves as my go-to uniform for almost every occasion.” []


 

Restaurant Review: Bistro Petit

NYMag.com, Spring 2012

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“The French culinary scene in Williamsburg conjures images of dimly lit cafes and specialty cocktails, but this shoebox bistro, headed by Jean-Georges alum and Michelin-starred chef Sung Park, is entirely focused on the food. Rather than serving pricy, Americanized versions of typical Franco fare, Park creates skillfully executed modern dishes at reasonable prices using local and seasonal ingredients. The chef’s Asian background is reflected here and there, most notably in the bouillabaisse, which has an abundant amount of fresh scallops, mussels, pollock and shrimp mixed with fried tofu, rice gnocchi, kombu, Korean chili paste and kimchi. In addition to a variety of other seafood options, the kitchen offers savory meat dishes like strip loin steak and freshly made pasta dishes including farro mushroom risotto. It may be difficult to save room for dessert, but the French doughnuts – flavored with cinnamon, mint, or citrus – are certainly worth it.” []