Silvia Vacirca is fashion historian with a strong academic background in film studies.
Born in Lentini, Sicily on July 30th, 1981, she received a PhD from the University of Bologna in 2010, majoring in Film Studies with a thesis exploring costume and production design as narrative tools in Stanley Kubrick's oeuvre, supervised by Prof. Michele Fadda.
In May she's expected to defend her PhD thesis "Bellezza italiana. Il nuovo codice dell'eleganza femminile 1940-1945", supervised by Prof. Romana Andò, in History of Europe at Sapienza University of Rome.
For several years she taught "Fashion & Media" at Richmond University in Rome.
She taught "Clothes on Film" at Sapienza University of Rome (SARAS Department), a course she had strongly wanted and finally managed to create - first of its kind in Italy - thanks to Sapienza, and dedicated to the historical and theoretical study of clothes on screen.
She also taught "Moda e Costume" and "Forme e linguaggi della moda" at the University of Turin (DAMS), and lectures widely at other universities and museums. Her essays, reviews, and articles appeared in Fashion, Film & Consumption Journal, ZoneModa Journal, Cinergie, Harper's Bazaar, biannual Hunter Fashion Magazine, and the newspaper Il Messaggero, among others.
In 2009 she held a Marie Curie Fellowship at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island), among the eight most prestigious universities of the world, part of the Ivy League.
In 2009 she had the opportunity to attend the "City and Cinema" class taught by Prof. Dietrich Neumann at Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, Connecticut.
In 2012 she won the Limina Award for best translation of the year in film studies.