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Virginia Postrel
Freelance
Virginia Postrel is an author, columnist and speaker whose work focuses on the intersection of culture and commerce. Her latest book is The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion (2013). She lives in Los Angeles.

Written by Virginia Postrel

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Losing the thread

Older than bronze and as new as nanowires, textiles are technology — and they have remade our world time and again

Virginia Postrel