Victoria Rivers was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She holds degrees in studio arts, art history, and higher education studies. She has been a professor in the Design Program in the Department of Environmental Design at the University of California, Davis, since 1980. She is the author of a book entitled “The Shining Cloth: Dress and Adornment that Glitters,” published by Thames and Hudson (London and New York, 1999 and softback edition released April, 2003). This work explores the visual culture, social, and ritual contexts of glimmering textiles from around the world.