Professor Sonya Abrego will be giving a talk a conference on Dressing Global Bodies at the University of Alberta (Canada), July 7-9, 2016.
The conference is organized by Beverly Lemire, Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta and Giorgio Riello, Department of History and Director, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick.
 Her paper is titled: Domesticating otherness: The Squaw and Patio dress in midcentury America

“In the postwar United States a full-skirted, slim-waisted dress with
embellished neckline trimming emerged in women’s apparel. This particular
style is described using two names; some manufacturers referred to it as a
Squaw Dress, while others employed the name Patio Dress in relation to the
same garment. Both were advertised as casual stylish options for
middle-class women in popular fashion periodicals, and through Western
apparel catalogs. Employing close examination of garments and advertising,
this paper contextualizes the Squaw/Patio dress in relation to popular
midcentury fashion and examines its often spurious associations with and
appropriations of Native American aesthetics and dress traditions. I
address how the term “squaw,” typically employed as a derogatory slur
against Native American women, came to be used in connection to
fashionable modes and how this reveals contradictory perceptions of Native
American women and contemporaneous conceptions of white femininity.”