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Fab Read: Tartan, Romancing the Plaid

Talking about fashion and not mentioning tartan is like talking about fine dining and not bringing up wine. The fabric is an eclectic essential in high fashion, and Jean Paul Gaultier would agree.

Tartan: Romancing the Plaid by Jeffrey Banks and Doria De La Chapelle ($41) tells the story of one of fashion industry's favorite fabrics. It starts with highlighting its humble beginnings and follows through to its current status as an emblem of high fashion and luxurious taste. The book also profiles designers, like Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, and Burberry, who have incorporated tartan in their work.

Plaid may not be prevalent in your wardrobe, but knowing about its power in fashion can't hurt.

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