Tartan: Romancing the Plaid

By Jeffry Banks and Doria de La Chapelle

Tartan, the symbol of kin, clan and nation to the Scots, has evolved into one of the world’s favourite fabrics. Fashion world insiders Banks and de La Chapelle have written the definitive book on tartan, bringing together a dizzying array of images to tell the story of tartan’s humble beginnings to it now serving as inspiration for designers from haute couture to furniture.