How do you view a kilt?
What comes to mind when you think of a kilt?
Is it the tradition, the clans, the history? or a vision of Sean Connery (below in full dress) or Mel Gibson in Braveheart to send your heart fluttering?
There is no doubt in my opinion that a kilt on a man is sexy, it exudes rebellion, masculinity all the while being somewhat feminine, it is a skirt after all. Add to it other components such as the sporran and a dagger, well who wouldn’t swoon at the thought?
According to Wikipedia
The history of the kilt stretches back to at least the end of the 16th century. The kilt first appeared as the belted plaid or great kilt, a full length garment whose upper half could be worn as a cloak draped over the shoulder, or brought up over the head as a hood. The small kilt or walking kilt (similar to the ‘modern’ kilt) did not develop until the late 17th or early 18th century, and is essentially the bottom half of the great kilt.
The word kilt comes from the Scots word meaning to tuck up the clothes around the body.
Vivien Westwood was one of the architects of the punk fashion phenomenon of the 1970s. Essential design elements include the adoption of traditional Scottish design such as tartan fabric. Queen Elizabeth II’s Royal Stewart Tartan was appropriated by the punk movement in the form of ripped layers and shredded shirts. The look was famously intended to give the fabric, associated with the monarchy, an anarchic spin. Spurred by the cultural phenomenon, Vivienne Westwood began to popularize her famously punk-inspired plaid on the coattails of the movement. Plaid was about to become a symbol of rebellion once more.
Tartan is as popular as ever, Look at the catwalk year in year out for inspiration.
Designers can’t get enough of tartan whether on belted coats or structured dresses. Plaid shirts aren’t just the uniform of a Lumber Jack. Whether, hats scarves, skirts, shirts, trousers, tee shirts. It is clear Tartans and Plaids are here to stay.
The epitome of fashion Princess Diana added numerous pieces by different designers to her vast wardrobe.
I am in love with Tartan, whether worn with style, grace, elegance, or oversized and outrageous, it certainly wears the label “Attention Seeker”
We haven’t even touched on Interior Fashion – Home Décor.
More to come in Part 2. My recent purchase whilst in Windsor
Tartans and Kilts. A Fashion Statement?