Sabina Savage: A Savage Kingdom


This book is not yet published, but will be available from July 2024.

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Artist and designer Sabina Savage explores the stories behind the exquisite handdrawn illustrations printed on her silk and cashmere scarves. The first book on the eponymous British brand marks its tenth anniversary with over a hundred beautiful illustrations.

A Savage Kingdom is the first publication on artist and designer Sabina Savage’s eponymous luxury brand, marking its tenth anniversary. Sabina creates her own visual world informed by nature, myth and history in exquisite hand-drawn illustrations printed on silk and cashmere scarves. A Savage Kingdom explores the fascinating narratives behind some of her most successful drawings to date, meandering across continents and diving headfirst into the depths of legends.

Grouped by collections, A Savage Kingdom guides readers through the details and symbolism contained within each design, presenting largescale images of the pencil drawings and full-colour prints of the scarves. Sabina weaves in stories of the almost life-sized wooden semi-automaton tiger of Tipu Sultan, the 18th century ruler of Mysore in South India; Victorian zoological and botanical illustrators who travelled across the world in the hope of discovering new species; Japanese Noh theatre from the Edo period and the royal beasts, including ostriches, elephants and grizzly and polar bears, who were housed at the Tower of London’s Menagerie from the 1200s, to name a few. She does not shy from the brutality of nature or her source material, which cast a shadow of unease over many of her works.

Writer Zoë Lescaze introduces the book, covering Sabina’s development as an artist and the tensions between humans and other animals at play in her designs. A Savage Kingdom is for devotees of the brand and those new to it alike, who are interested in drawing, craftsmanship and fantastic tales.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 27 x 35 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 9 July 2024
Number of pages 200
Format Hardback
Contributors Introduction by Zoë Lescaze
Dimensions 27 x 35 cm
Weight 300 g


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Sabina Savage is a British artist and print designer known for her elaborate, hand-rendered illustrations. Raised in rural Somerset, Sabina moved to Paris at eighteen to study haute couture and returned to London to found her eponymous brand in 2014. Her intricate scarf designs have become renowned around the world for their fantastical, illustrative stories. Sabina releases two new collections per year, always championing animals and the natural world while threading rich historical and cultural details through the narrative. Each drawing takes Sabina between four to six weeks to complete and each collection is released as a triptych.

Zoë Lescaze is a writer currently based in Chicago. She is the author of Paleoart: Visions of the Prehistoric Past, a book about changing depictions of the primordial world. Her articles and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, T Magazine, Artforum and Bookforum among other publications.