Dana Thomas (2017) is a Paris-based author and cultural correspondent. She began her journalism career at The Washington Post Style section in the late 1980s, moving to Paris in 1992, where she has contributed regularly to The Washington Post and The New York Times. She also served as the European Cultural Correspondent for Newsweek for 15 years. In 2016, the Minister of Culture of France made Dana a Chevalier of the Order of Arts & Letters.
Dana is the author of the 2007 bestselling book “Deluxe: How Luxury Lost It Luster.” She followed that with “Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano,” an investigative double-biography of two monumental British fashion designers who succumbed to the pressures of today’s global corporate culture, published in 2015.
She’s now writing her third book, “Bring It Home: Authenticity, Integrity and the Future of Fashion,” which she will be working on as a Logan Nonfiction Program fellow. “Bring It Home” is a follow up to “Deluxe” and is a study of the disruption the global apparel industry. It traces the workings of the garment business from the invention of the water-powered cotton spinning frame, which kicked off the Industrial Revolution 250 years ago, to today’s sweatshops in Southeast Asia. The book looks forward, detailing NGO-led efforts for labor and environmental reforms and revealing high-tech alternatives that will radically change how our clothes are made. “Bring It Home” will be published by the Penguin Press in 2019.