The Secret Lives Of Colour by Kassia St ClairThe Secret Lives Of Colour by Kassia St Clair

The Secret Lives Of Colour

byKassia St Clair

Hardcover | January 10, 2017

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'A mind-expanding tour of the world without leaving your paintbox. Every colour has a story, and here are some of the most alluring, alarming, and thought-provoking. Very hard painting the hallway magnolia after this inspiring primer.'
Simon Garfield

The Secret Lives of Colourtells the unusual stories of the 75 most fascinating shades, dyes and hues. Fromblondetoginger, thebrownthat changed the way battles were fought to thewhitethat protected against the plague, Picasso'sblueperiod to thecharcoalon the cave walls at Lascaux,acidyellowtokelly green, and fromscarletwomen toimperial purple, these surprising stories run like a bright thread throughout history. In this book Kassia St Clair has turned her lifelong obsession with colours and where they come from (whether Van Gogh'schrome yellowsunflowers or punk'sfluorescent pink) into a unique study of human civilisation. Across fashion and politics, art and war,TheSecret Lives of Colourtell the vivid story of our culture.

Kassia St Clair studied the history of women's dress and the masquerade during the eighteenth-century at Bristol and Oxford. She has since written about design and culture for theEconomist,House & Garden,Quartzand1843, and has had a column about colour inElle Decorationsince 2013. She lives in
Title:The Secret Lives Of ColourFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:HodderLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1473630819

ISBN - 13:9781473630819


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great idea for a book! Such a great idea for a book! I really loved this, the stories were delightful and very well-written, and the book itself is so beautiful! I’ll admit I’m a sucker for stuff like that but I just love the cover and the layout of the pages, it’s adorable. I recommend this to all my design nerd friends, but this is a great little read for anyone who likes art, design, and/or history.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it! This book is so beautiful and amazing. The book is divided into sections of the main colours and then several colours are chosen of which the author provides 1-3 page history for each colour. Each page has a side border of the colour. The story behind each colour is fascinating, surprising, and well-researched. It's an interesting read for anybody who had wondered where lead white, Kelly green, or Indian red came from!
Date published: 2017-09-10

Editorial Reviews

A companionable, informative and lively guide to sights so easily taken for granted-THE ECONOMIST