Sara Jablon-Roberts

Associate Professor,  College of Business

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Professor Sara Jablon
I encourage students to explore new and diverse ways of thinking about what we wear and why we wear it.”


Sara Jablon-Roberts's career in academia began with costume design, primarily for dance and theater. Her costume credits include work with Broadway’s “The Lion King,” the original off-Broadway production of “Rent,” and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, among many others.

With an M.F.A. in costume design from New York University, her experience and education in clothing history, textiles, construction and communication led to teaching, which in turn led her to Iowa State University for her Ph.D. in Apparel, Merchandising and Design.

Now Jablon-Roberts's research agenda combines the creative practice of costume design and fashion design with historical dress, social and psychological theories of fashion, and the communicative qualities of appearance.

With these areas as her foundation, Jablon-Roberts strives to encourage students in exploring new and diverse ways of thinking about what we wear and why we wear it.

Sample Courses

  • RTL 1010: Textiles
  • RTL 1050: Visual Merchandising
  • RTL 2010: Apparel Quality Analysis
  • RTL 3010: Merchandise Buying
  • RTL 3030: Cases in Fashion and Retail
  • RTL 3055: History of Fashion
  • RTL 1020: The Business of Fashion 


  • “Costume design: Artifact vs. Invention,” United States Institute of Theatre Technology, 2017. Authors: Sara Jablon
  • “Benefits for Both: Connecting Textile and Clothing Collections with Theater & Costume Makers,” International Textiles and Apparel Association, 2016. Authors: Sara Jablon and Eulanda Sanders
  • “Innovating with Underutilized Marketing Strategies to Enhance Profitability for Small Retail-related Firms,” International Textile and Apparel Association, 2016. Authors: Linda Niehm, Amy Dorie, Sara Jablon, Ann Marie Fiore and Jessica Hurst