An exploratrion into the use of tartan and tweed in fashion and a comprehensive look at their chequered history from their origins in the Scottish Highlands to their reinvention, with their growing and continued popularity and use in contemporary fashion design, music, art and film.
Both tweed and tartan are fabrics with a strong cultural identity and history. They have been reinvented to create multiple meanings, particularly when used in street fashions and in haute couture to mimic or parody the aristocracy, and to act as a subversive symbol of rebellion. This lavishly illustrated book focuses on fashion over the last century whilst looking back at the journey these fabrics have made from traditional cloth to stylish fabrics. We follow the early popularity of tartan and tweed including the fabrics' connections from crofters and clans to aristocracy, and look at tweed's dramatic recovery during an economic crisis and its subsequent re-invention as desirable luxury fashion fabric.