Saturday, March 31, 2012

March Maddness - Mad for Plaid

I can't believe March is over. Where did the month go?

Looking back over my posts this month I realized I never did a “color of the month” for March. So here it is! Ok, so plaid really isn't a color but I've decided to highlight it this month anyway instead of a single color. Plaids are great because they are a combination of many colors! Here are a few lovely examples for you to enjoy!

Men's clothing.
Man’s Frock Coat, c. 1820 from LACMA
Man’s Two-piece Lounge Suit, 1875-1880 from LACMA

V&A T.722-1974
 Let's not forget those kilts! Who doesn't love a man in a kilt? ;)

Satirical print, ca. 1815

More Kilts
Women's clothing.

MET 1971.47.1a, b
Bonnet MFA 51.659
Kyoto Costume Institute AC4628 83-21-1AB

Photo c. 1890s

Green silk MFA 53.2222a


  1. Ha, I love that woman innocently fixing her shoe in the satire!

  2. Oh, I'm in love with that green plaid in the last dress! Where can I get me some silk like that?! :-)

    The "rainbow" plaid of the 1830s dress makes me smile. It reminds me of the scene in Wives and Daughters where Molly walks in wearing her new plaid dress and she says her father told her it wasn't like "any proper tartan he's ever seen." Somehow, that dress just manages to pull it off, though!

  3. I have a similar green silk dress from the 1860s in my own collection. Very poor condition but a great study piece! I used it to draft a bodice pattern back when I was still doing civil war events.

    Yes! I love that plaid dress from Wives and Daughters too. :)


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