Silk Fiber, Fabric, and Fashion

Lesley Ellis Miller, Ana Cabrera Lafuente, Claire Allen-Johnstone

This luxurious compendium of silk draws on the world- class collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.


Silk has inspired creativity in textile fabrication for millennia. Drawing on the exceptional collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, this richly illustrated compendium offers a detailed account of how silk has been cultivated, woven, dyed, patterned, traded, and worn across the globe over the past 2,000 years. From archaeological treasures to contemporary designers’ catwalk collections from the fashion capitals of America, Asia, and Europe, this volume, presented in luxurious cloth binding, catalogs a breathtaking selection of silks. The colors, patterns, and textures in Silk reveal a truly remarkable variety of decorative techniques and the rich exchange of ideas and skills between different cultures.

A wide-ranging and inspiring introduction to silk, this book will appeal to textile connoisseurs, enthusiasts, and students as a celebration of the creativity, ingenuity, and skill of the designers and makers of the world’s noblest fabric.


Lesley Ellis Miller


Lesley Ellis Miller is Senior Curator of Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Professor of Dress and Textile History at the University of Glasgow.

Ana Cabrera Lafuente


Ana Cabrera Lafuente is Curator of Fashion at the Museo del Traje, Madrid, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Claire Allen-Johnstone


Claire Allen-Johnstone is Assistant Curator of Furniture, Textiles, and Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum.