Sara Idacavage is a Brooklyn-based educator, archivist, and writer who focuses on fashion history and material culture. Her expertise is in finding unexpected ways of putting the present into perspective through exploring the past, making connections between the social and sartorial while encouraging people to reevaluate their relationship to clothing and everyday objects.
Sara holds a master’s degree in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design and a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from The University of Georgia. She currently teaches a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses on fashion history, theory, materiality, and research methods at Parsons, the Pratt Institute, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. While many of her courses have been centered around fashion and textiles, Sara’s pedagogical approach has always been to pull from a variety of disciplines related to art and social sciences in order to encourage a better understanding of how fashion connects to the ways that people live. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys being a public-facing academic, continually striving to make history and theory more accessible to a wider audience.
In addition to serving as an Associate Editor of The Fashion Studies Journal since 2016, Sara wrote a column for Fashionista titled Fashion History Lessons, and has formerly been a frequent contributor to Refinery29, NYMag.com, and Time Out New York. Sara has also contributed numerous article to the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, as well as peer-reviewed academic journals that include Fashion Theory, Art Libraries Journal, and Fashion, Style & Popular Culture. Outside of academia and journalism, Sara has shared her love of fashion through a series of lecture tours across China, several appearances on the Travel Channel program Mysteries at the Museum, and on video for Condé Nast Entertainment.
Upon completing her master’s degree, Sara served as a Fashion Specialist for The New School Archives & Special Collections, and went on to work on special projects in the garment archives of prominent American fashion designers. Sara’s passion for material culture eventually led her to the Parsons Fashion Study Collection, where she pioneered new curriculum that connects students to fashion history through the use of objects. Over the course of two and a half years, she worked towards reorganizing, rehousing, and cataloging the collection, and was able to successfully integrate it as an educational resource into the curriculum of over thirty-five different classes at Parsons.
When Sara isn’t teaching or writing, you can usually find her hunting for vintage clothes and/or listening to David Bowie.