Historical Period: The 20th Century and Beyond
Virginia Postrel is a visiting fellow at the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy at Chapman University. Her latest book The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World, was published in November 2020 by Basic Books. Her previous books include The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion (2013), The Substance of Style (2003), and The Future and Its Enemies (1998). She is a regular columnist for Bloomberg Opinion.