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Mary Schoeser

Mary Schoeser




Textile historian Mary Schoeser is a triple threat: a writer, teacher and curator of uncommon versatility and perspicacity. An alumna of the University of California Davis and California State University Long Beach, she currently lectures for Sotheby’s Institute of Art MA program in Decorative Arts and the Fashion and Textile Museum Summer School in London, as well as serving as a trustee of Braintree District Museum Trust and Honorary President of the Textile Society. She has advised English Heritage, the National Trust, Liberty of London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her publications include World Textiles: A Concise History, International Textile Design, and Silk. Her latest book is Textiles: The Art of Mankind (Thames & Hudson). With 568 pages and 1,058 color illustrations, it certainly lives up to its sweeping title. It is also one of most beautiful textile books ever published, complete with a fabric cover and ribbon bookmark. Earlier this year, the book inspired the exhibition “Structures, Signifiers and Society: People and Textiles” at the UC Davis Design Museum, which Schoeser co-curated with Adele Zhang.






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