Cassidy Zachary is a fashion historian, author, and podcaster specializing in the social and cultural significance of dress throughout history and today. She brings an interdisciplinary approach to her work that centers fashion as both a subject and an analytical lens with which to explore the complex relationships between embodied identities, race, gender, sexuality, politics, and religion.
These are topics she and April Calahan explore in depth in their twice weekly, award-nominated podcast Dressed: the History of Fashion (iHeartRadio). Called “the gold standard in fashion podcasting” by Vogue, Dressed is now in its fourth season.
Cassidy also shares her passion for fashion and dress history daily on her popular Instagram account The Art of Dress. Originally conceived as a way to share her early twentieth century fashion research, the account has now become an international platform for celebrating the art of dress with over 300,000 followers.
Cassidy has lectured throughout the United States at institutions including LACMA, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Dallas Museum of Art. She has contributed to numerous publications including the most recently published The Showgirl: An Illustrated History. Her first book entitled Fashion and the Art of Pochoir, co-authored with April Calahan, was published by Thames & Hudson in 2015.
Cassidy is currently pursuing her PhD in History at the University of New Mexico where she is studying fashion and racialized identity making in nineteenth century New Mexico, her home state. She holds an MA in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a BA in Theater Design from the University of New Mexico.