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  • Sonya Abrego

    Part-time Lecturer

    Email
    abregos@newschool.edu

    Office Location
    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street

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    Sonya Abrego

    Profile

    Dr. Sonya Abrego is a New York City based design historian specializing in the history of American fashion in the twentieth century. Her work examines the intersections between dress, popular culture, American cultural history, and how clothing communicates and signifies from past to present. She is currently working on a book about Westernwear in the postwar United States.

    Sonya earned her doctorate in Decorative Arts Design and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center in 2016 and has worked as a visiting instructor at Parsons: The New School for Design, The Pratt Institute, New York University, and The Fashion Institute of Technology. Her teaching platform includes courses of her own design such as "A Cultural History of Denim" and "Fashion & Masculinity" along with comprehensive fashion and textile history surveys at both graduate and undergraduate levels. 

    With writing that bridges the scholarly and popular, Sonya was a founding member and senior editor for Worn Fashion Journal, and has contributed to scholarly journals such as Fashion Theory and The Journal of Design History. In additionshe has worked with costume collections at New York City museums and sourced, identified, and maintained a working private collection of men's and women's vintage clothing, pieces of which have contributed to television and cinematic productions and design archives.

     


    Professional Affiliation

    Costume Society of America, American Studies Association, Organization of American Historians 


    Research Interests

    Ready-to-wear, Westernwear, Material Culture studies, Western History, Opositioal Dress and Subculture, Pop Culture 


    Current Courses

    ARS: Fashion

    Integrative Seminar 1

    Integrative Seminar 2 (Spring 2020)

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