How Fabric Changed History

Thursday 10 January | 6–8pm

Price: £15 / £12 students. | Book online

From the mummies of Ancient Egypt to the lab-blended fibres that have allowed astronauts to moonwalk – fabrics, manmade and natural, have changed and shaped the world we live in.

Author Kassia St Clair will talk through the history of fabric via the silken dragon robes of Imperial China and the woollen sails of Viking longboats to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution (and sparked more than one war).

This evening talk follows Kassia’s new book The Golden Thread, £20, published by Hodder & Stoughton, October 2018. In twelve fascinating chapters, The Golden Thread lays out an alternative history of civilisation and human creativity. Packed with fascinating stories from around the globe and spanning thousands of years of human ingenuity, this book will change your view of the world.

Kassia St Clair studied the history of women’s dress and the masquerade during the eighteenth-century at Bristol and Oxford. She has since written about design and culture for the Economist, House & Garden, Quartz and 1843. Her much acclaimed first book The Secret Lives of Colour was a Radio 4 Book of the Week.

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the current exhibition. The talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a book signing in the foyer. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

Price: £15 / £12 students. All tickets include a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

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Numbers are limited for this event, please book early to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions about this event please complete our enquiry form.

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