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Sonya Abrego

Curatorial Fellowship

2023

Dr. Sonya Abrego is a New York City based design historian specializing in American fashion. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining the interconnections between dress, popular culture,art, craft, and design. Sonya has published in scholarly and popular venues, presented at conferences across North America, and presently teaches at Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her first book, Westernwear: Postwar American Fashion and Culture is forthcoming from Bloomsbury academic.

In workshops across the nation, independent makers are creating jeans by hand, using antiquated equipment and specialty denim. This exhibition explores jeans as contemporary craft. Historically a product of industry, jeans are being recast by a new cohort of makers using choice materials, tools, and small-batch fabrication. 'Crafting Denim' explains why and how jeans exist at the intersections of industry and craft, modernity and tradition.

Dr. Sonya Abrego is a New York City based design historian specializing in American fashion. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining the interconnections between dress, popular culture,art, craft, and design. Sonya has published in scholarly and popular venues, presented at conferences across North America, and presently teaches at Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her first book, Westernwear: Postwar American Fashion and Culture is forthcoming from Bloomsbury academic.

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Brooklyn, NY

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$5,000

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