I’m currently in Edinburgh for work, and discovered again how much I love this city. Aside from all the narrow alleys, tea shops, cute jewelry and gruesome tales, there’s also a lot of wool! I visited the (pretty touristic, but still) tartan weaving mill, where you can still see the tartans being woven on weaving mills. And aside from loads of souvenirs and tartan scarfs, they also sell fabric! As I’d been planning something involving plaid wool, I took the opportunity and bought some here. It’s still quite expensive (it’s 100% wool, and tartan), but at least there’s loads of choice and discount options when you’re in Scotland ;).
The project is quite long-term still, so I’ll be mysterious on that a little while longer, but for now some images of tartan & plaid in the 18th and 19th centuries!
c. 1745. “Portrait of a Jacobite Lady” by Cosmo Alexander.
Richard Wilson (1714-1782) – Flora Macdonald (Fionnghal Nighean Raghnaill ’ic Aonghais Òig) (1722-1790). Oil on Canvas. Circa 1747.
François-Hubert Drouais, 1757
Isabella MacTavish’s Wedding Dress c1785. Fraser clan tartan. Inverness Museum. The cloth itself is probably considerably older than the dress, and possibly dates to 1740 – 1760.
French Silk Sack Back Dress + Petticoat Date: 1770–90, Met museum
Afternoon Dress, February 1801
Plaid Chemisekjole (Empire-Style Dress) of a Young Girl. Danish, c. 1810.
Evening dress ca. 1812 From the Museum at FIT
Cape, ca. 1820, wool and silk, American. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Plaid silk dress, British, ca. 1830.
Plaid dress, 1835. Worn by Princess (later Queen) Victoria.
Evening Dress 1855, American, Made of silk and cotton
Dress Date: ca. 1857 Culture: European Medium: silk
1860s 2-piece plaid dress via Whitaker Auctions
SILK DRESS, c. 1871
Date: 1873–76, Culture: American, Medium: wool
1875 July L’Elegance Parisienne
Dress 1880 The Museum at FIT
1883-1888 afternoon dress made of grey brown taffeta, Canada via Canadian Museum of Civilization
Day dress, 1880’s
Wool Plaid Afternoon Dress, c. 1881
Walking Dress, c.1890s
Wool and silk taffeta Walking suit, circa 1890-1895, American.
Bold plaid cape, circa 1901. Via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.