Natalie Wright

Credentials: PhD Student

Natalie Wright is a PhD student in Design History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her doctoral research uncovers the long overlooked history of clothing designs by, with, and for users with disabilities. It traces how garment designs have been made to either control or accommodate the wearer’s physical and cognitive development and argues that clothing is a lens into beliefs around normative development. Using a case study approach, Wright examines pivotal moments in discourses and design around disability that open up broader questions about meanings of dependence and independence at the core of American history.