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Sara Idacavage

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

PhD Student, Graduate Research Assistant, and Graduate Teaching Assistant

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

Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602



Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. (In Progress) 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 has focused on finding ways to propagate sustainability and inclusivity by encouraging people to reevaluate their relationship to clothing and everyday objects through historical contextualization.

My current doctoral research explores how historical clothing practices can be aligned with what we consider to be “sustainable fashion” in a modern context. The ultimate goal to inspire positive change in consumer behavior by focusing on practical applications to improve the well-being of people and our planet. 


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
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

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Associate Editor Fashion Studies Journal 2016 - Present


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

Advisory Committee

Dr. Monica Sklar 

Areas of Expertise

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

Journal Articles


  • Idacavage, S. (Expected 2021). New York fashion designers in the 1990s. In V. Steele (Ed.), Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archivehttps://www.bloomsburyfashionvideo.com
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781847888594.EDch101721
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/BEWDF/EDch101421
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/BEWDF/EDch031420
  • 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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