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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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plaidhappy plaidhappy 9 years
Jeffrey Banks' Tartans are very cool and work for all ages. For less expensive but fun Tartan apparel and accessories visit www.jockmcduff.com with the story of a modern Celtic hero.
bhuglah bhuglah 9 years
I love tartan and have come across a great Scottish website called www.tartanspirit.com Check out their Kiltie bag it's coool.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 9 years
I love plaid. And I totally agree with you, Fab, tartan must be mentioned..it's been a classic forever and will continue to be.
piesecki piesecki 9 years
I adore plaid! None of my friends can understand it though, so persuading them to buy me this for christmas may not work...
lambs lambs 9 years
i just bought my sherpa lined tartan wellies from jcrew... LOVE!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I absolutely love tartan and plaid. One of the first pieces I plan on making for myself once I master the art of sewing is a tartan dress with black tulle underneath.
mrflibble mrflibble 9 years
I'm not found ok kilts either but I LOVE plaid.
Ava-Gardner Ava-Gardner 9 years
I'm Scottish but I hate tartan, I'd never ever wear it, and I hate men in kilts!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
On one hand, 'plaid' reminds me of my private school in junior high, and on another hand, 'tartan' makes me think of my Scottish friend. Even though they are the same, I like the pattern, as long as it doesn't go overboard.
emalove emalove 9 years
Plaid has never been a fave of mine. It's okay.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Mmmm I love burberry. My boyfriend brother bought his gf a burberry bag...so jealous!!!
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