Sara Idacavage

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

PhD Student & Graduate Assistant

Sara Idacavage is a fashion historian, educator, and archivist.


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Polymer, Fiber, and Textile Sciences (International Merchandising Emphasis) University of Georgia Expected: 2024
M.A. Fashion Studies Parsons School of Design May 2014
B.S.F.C.S. Fashion Merchandising University of Georgia May 2009


Both inside and outside of academia, my work focuses on finding ways to propagate sustainable thinking and inclusivity by encouraging people to reevaluate their relationship to clothing and everyday objects.

My current doctoral research explores how fashion education can be enhanced by using sustainability to frame historical inquiry, placing unsustainable ideas and practices in today’s fashion system within a broader historical context while encouraging a more transdisciplinary and problem-oriented approach to fashion history.


Fashion History and Culture
• Related Courses at Parsons School of Design: Fashion History: Survey; Fashion History: Couture; Fashion History: Fusion; History of Fashion: Recitation; Fashion Culture
• Related Course at Pratt Institute: Contemporary Fashion
• Related Course at the Fashion Institute of Technology: History of Western Costume

Textiles and Materiality 
• Related Courses at Parsons School of Design: Fashion Textile Survey; Materiality of Fashion

Research Methods and Design Practice (Parsons School of Design)
• Related Courses at Parsons School of Design: Advanced Research Seminar; Fashion Techniques: Couture

History of Interior Design 
• Related Course at Pratt Institute: History of Interior Design

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
Parsons School of Design Part-Time Faculty 2016-2020
Pratt Institute Part-Time Faculty 2017-2019
Fashion Institute of Technology Part-Time Faculty 2019
Parsons Fashion Study Collection Collections Management/Faculty Worker 2017-2019
Ralph Lauren Library Project Archivist 2016
The New School Archives & Special Collections Fashion Specialist 2014-2015


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Campus Sustainability Grant UGA Office of Sustainability 2021
Sweaney Innovation Fund FACS, UGA 2021
Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship FACS, UGA 2020
Outstanding Contribution to the MA Fashion Studies Program Parsons School of Design 2014
Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship FACS, UGA 2008
Hope Scholarship UGA 2005-2009


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
International Textile and Apparel Association Member Current
Costume Society of America Member Current
Costume Society of America Planning Committee, 46th Annual Meeting and Symposium 2019 - 2020
Popular Culture Association Member Current


Programming: Fighting Systemic Racism, Classism, and Individualism in Sustainable Fashion Education (UGA Campus Sustainability Grant with Sha'Mira Covington)

Advising: UGA's Fair Fashion Club

Advisory Committee

Dr. Katalin Medvedev (major advisor)

Dr. Patricia Hunt-Hurst (advisory committee member)

Dr. Elizabeth Adams St.Pierre (advisory committee member)

Dr. Kathryn Roulston (advisory committee member)

Areas of Expertise

Fashion history, fashion theory, museum studies, textile conservation, sustainability 

Job Description

Sara Idacavage is a fashion historian who is currently working towards a doctoral degree in the Polymer, Fiber, and Textile Sciences program (International Merchandising emphasis) as well as a graduate certificate in Museum Studies at UGA. She received her bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from UGA before earning her master’s degree in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design. Between 2016 and 2020, Sara taught courses on textiles, fashion history, and research methods at Parsons, the Pratt Institute, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has also served as a fashion specialist for The New School Archives & Special Collections and worked in the Parsons Fashion Study Collection, the Costume and Textiles Collection at the Museum of the City of New York, and the garment archives of Ralph Lauren and other prominent American fashion designers. 

Journal Articles


  • Idacavage, S. (2021). New York fashion designers in the 1990s. In V. Steele (Ed.), Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive
  • Idacavage, S. (2019). David Bowie’s influence on fashion. In J.B. Eicher & P.G. Tortora (Eds.), Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion: Global Perspectives. Oxford: Berg.
  • Idacavage, S. (2018). The development of fast fashion. In J.B. Eicher & P.G. Tortora (Eds.), Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion: Global Perspectives. Oxford: Berg.
  • Idacavage, S. (2018). Copying French couture for American consumers. In P.G. Tortora (Ed.), Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion: The United States and Canada. Oxford: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Idacavage, S. (2016). Glam rock. In J.F. Blanco, M.D. Doering, P. Hunt-Hurst, & H.V. Lee (Eds.), Clothing and fashion: American fashion from head to toe. ABC-CLIO. ISBN : 9781610693097
  • Idacavage, S. (2014). "A Taste for Caviar": National identity ambivalence in American fashion between 1930-1960. (Master's thesis, available upon request). Parsons School of Design, New York, NY.

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