Silk has long captured the imagination of peoples round the globe, inspiring creativity in the making of luxurious textiles. This major new survey draws on the exceptional collections of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and explores tradition and innovation across the history and geography of silk production, celebrating the ingenuity and skill of designers and makers.
Structured by technique, from weaving and knitting to dyeing, printing and embroidery, this compendium showcases a rich variety of artworks, furnishings and clothing, including fashions from recent designer catwalk shows in North America, Asia and Europe.
Silk will inform every student, connoisseur and admirer of beautiful textiles.
With 620 illustrations in colour
About the Author
Ana Cabrera Lafuente is Curator of Fashion at the Museo del Traje, Madrid and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Lesley Ellis Miller was Senior Curator in the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, from 2005 to 2021. Claire Allen/Johnstone is Assistant Curator of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum.