Dana Thomas (born Feb. 3, 1964) is a fashion and culture journalist and author based in Paris. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Radnor, Pa., she attended Radnor High School and graduated in 1981. Thomas earned a B.A. in Print Journalism at American University in Washington D.C.
She began her journalism career working for the Style section of The Washington Post in 1988.
Thomas is currently a contributing editor for T: The New York Times Style Magazine and the Paris correspondent for Harper's Bazaar Australia. She served as a contributing editor for WSJ., the Wall Street Journal's monthly magazine from 2011-2012, as the European editor of Conde Nast Portfolio from 2008 to 2009, and as European cultural and fashion correspondent for Newsweek in Paris from 1995 to 2008. She has contributed to various publications including the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times in London. She also writes regularly for Architectural Digest and Elle Decor.
She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, published by The Penguin Press in 2007. The book addresses the disparity between the rarefied world that luxury once represented- populated by private, family-owned businesses that catered to the aristocracy and the billion-dollar, mass-producing and mass-marketing industry it is today. The New York Times called the Deluxe, "a crisp, witty social history that’s as entertaining as it is informative."
In February 2015, Penguin Press published Thomas's second book, 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 corporate luxury fashion in a globalized world. In 2010, McQueen killed himself; a year later Galliano was fired from the creative helm of Christian Dior for a drunken anti-Semitic outburst in a Paris café. The Mail on Sunday called it "A riveting double biography … Thomas had a ringside seat while all this divine madness unfurled." And Huffington Post deemed "Gods and Kings": "One of the non-fiction titles of the year … like a modern Faustian tale of tragic dimension." Amazon named "Gods and Kings" a Book of the Month.
Thomas lives in Paris and is a member of the Anglo-American Press Association in Paris and the Overseas Press Club. She taught journalism at The American University of Paris from 1996 to 1999. In 1987, she received the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Scholarship and the Ellis Haller Award for Outstanding Achievement in Journalism.
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- "Gods and Kings by Dana Thomas and Alexander McQueen by Andrew Wilson review – brutally unsympathetic lives". the Guardian.
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