Thursday, 11 November 2010

Braveheartin' Tartan

I'm really feeling the tartan and plaid vibe this season. Synonymous with British Heritage, tartan has prevailed through a rebellious history to become a classic and timeless trend forever reinvented in varying forms on autumn/winter catwalks. See the gorgeous peg leg trousers i'm lusting after from the Twenty8Twelve AW10 Collection below. 

The simplest way to identify warrior clans back in the 18th Century would have been by the tartan they were dressed in. A major aspect of Gaelic culture, tartan soon became part off a series of outlawed symbols of Gaelic culture due to the Scottish government attempting to keep the fighting clans under control.
 Inevitably tartan has become associated with specific regions rather than the particular clans they used to represent, mainly due to the crafters who created the different weaves. The journey continued as tartan slowly crept into womens fashion during the Edwardian and Victorian eras. It saw a rebellious return to form when the punks adopted it as a tongue-in-cheek fashion statement in the 1980s.
I've been slowly building  a collection of vintage tartan pieces over the course of the last few weeks, a couple of scarves here, a few kilts there, inspiration for the next Bird shoot me thinks....

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