Sonya Abrego

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Visiting Assistant Professor History of Art and Design (718) 636-3598 p Brooklyn Campus, East Hall 2


Ph.D., Bard Graduate Center.


I teach fashion history classes at Pratt, including “Costume history: Fashion 1400 – 1900,” “Contemporary Fashion,” and “American Fashion: A Cultural History of Denim.” I have also taught at the Bard Graduate Center, Parsons: The New School for Design, and New York University. In teaching I communicate who wore what and when, but also why history is important and how it can inform a student’s design practice. My own work centers on twentieth century fashion, particularly American ready-to-wear, and the intersections between dress, popular culture, and modernity. I hold an M.A. and A PhD in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture Studies from the Bard Graduate Center and my scholarship and pedagogical approach are largely informed by cultural history and material culture studies. My publications include a chapter in and edited volume published by Scarecrow Press, contributions to The Journal of Design History, Fashion Theory, and popular websites such as and The Hairpin. I was also a senior editor of an independent zine: Worn Fashion Journal for a decade. I have presented work at scholarly conferences including the Textile Society of America, The American Studies Association, and the Pasold Foundation. I am presently working on a book project: Westernwear and the Postwar American Lifestyle: 1945 -1965 that stems from my dissertation research. Teaching history as an active field of inquiry and communicating that fashion is not a passive reflection, but an active contributor to historical change is what motivates me.