FIRMDALE HOTELS' THE BOOK SALON WITH Kassia St Clair
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF 'The Secret Lives of Colour '
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ULTIMATE LIBRARY
AT THE SOHO HOTEL, 25 june 2019 AT 6.30PM
Join best-selling author Kassia St Clair with journalist and historian Jane Mulvagh (author of the History of Vogue and Vivienne Westwood Biographer) for an intimate in conversation in the Drawing Room at The Soho Hotel.
Kassia St Clair will discuss her first book, the top-ten bestseller The Secret Lives of Colour, alongside her new book The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History, a Sunday Times Book of the Year which captures an alternative history of civilization and human ingenuity, a journey that takes us from the woollen sails of the Vikings, via the linen wrappings beloved in Ancient Egypt, to the factories responsible for Michael Phelps’ swimsuit.
Books will be available on the night to purchase and have signed.
£25 including a glass of wine on arrival.
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ABOUT THE GOLDEN THREAD
Fabrics — manmade and natural — have advanced and shaped the world we live in and the cultures we have created. When we talk of lives hanging by a thread, being interwoven, or part of the social fabric, we are part of a tradition that stretches back many thousands of years. Threads, spun from naturally occurring fibers or modern plastics, have allowed us to achieve extraordinary things and survive in unlikely places. From the woollen sails of the Vikings, via the linen wrappings beloved in Ancient Egypt, to the factories responsible for Michael Phelps’ swimsuit, The Golden Thread shows you how and why fabric has changed history.
ABOUT THE SECRET LIVES OF COLOUR
The Secret Lives of Colour tells the unusual stories of the 75 most fascinating shades, dyes and hues. From blonde to ginger, the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague, Picasso's blue period to the charcoal on the cave walls at Lascaux, acid yellow to kelly green, and from scarlet women to imperial purple, these surprising stories run like a bright thread throughout history. In this book, Kassia St Clair has turned her lifelong obsession with colours and where they come from (whether Van Gogh's chrome yellow sunflowers or punk's fluorescent pink) into a unique study of human civilisation. Across fashion and politics, art and war, The Secret Lives of Colour tell the vivid story of our culture.