Kassia St. Clair is a writer based in London. Her first book The Secret Lives of Colour is a top-ten bestseller, was selected as Radio 4′s Book of the Week and has been translated into over a dozen languages. The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History was a Radio 4 Book of the Week, a Sunday Times Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Somerset Maugham Award. She is currently writing her third, due to be published in 2022.
She is a frequent contributor to NPR’s Marketplace and has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 5 Live and CNN. She gives talks about colour and the cultural history of textiles at international venues including the Dallas Art Museum, Hay Festival, the V&A and Soho House. In 2018 she collaborated with Color Factory to create an exhibit at their site in New York.
Features, interviews, essays and reviews, usually on design and culture, have appeared in the Economist, the Telegraph, Architectural Digest, the TLS and Wired; her Elle Decoration colour column has been running since 2013.