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Tartan: Romancing the Plaid Hardcover – October 23, 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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"This luxurious book explores the rise of tartan from its humble Highland origins to high fashion and home decor. . . After reading the book, you'll be digging through your closet for that Alexander McQueen tartan Empire-waist dress or balenciage plaid mini bell skirt to wear to your next Highland fling." 
-ENTREE HOLIDAY MAGAZINE --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Rosemarie Bravo is the CEO of Burberry. Jeffrey Banks is a Coty award-winning designer of men’s and women’s apparel. Banks has worked with a number of Scottish fabric mills designing tartans of his own. Doria de La Chapelle is a freelance writer and publicist. After covering fashion and beauty for Mademoiselle, she worked as advertising director at Henri Bendel.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847829820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847829828
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1.3 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
WOW -- I am an author who has written a few illustrated books like this -- and all I can say is this book is LEAGUES above the rest -- amazing photographs and layouts, beautiful paper, beautifully produced. A real labor of love. Although I know a fair amount about fashion, I did not know all that much about tartan... until now. A revealing mix of history, culture, modern tmes, with images ranging from the Duke of Windsor (how lonely -- albeit well dressed he looks...) to Rod Stewart, Princess Diana and the Bay City Rollers. As well as some of my favorite models and designers in the world.

Mr. Banks and Ms. de la Chapelle have done an amazing job. This book is so well written, stunning, and beautifully produced, that it is going to be MY Christmas gift to others this year.
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You'll be doing the Highland Fling in no time (or at least the Lowland Shim) when you read this terrific book. It's a wonderful history of the fabric and the tome is filled with interesting history and some fun, lighthearted photos - like the guard who's catching a breeze and having his kilt lifted to show . . . well, buy the book and find out. I was very surprised (nicely so) to find out it wasn't just a dry historical analogy but rather a work that examines something we see in everyday life but may not have taken the time to think about.
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When I was introduced to this tome it woke up a fashion and hstory perspective that was a new dimension to my being, a very plesant one. This is more than a fashion book - it is hundreds of stories and dazzling images that introduces multidimensional perspection and connection to a very rich and mystical design grid and real stories as to how world famous designers were inspired by the tartan. A facinating read on many levels, rich in imagery and opening up the true mystique of tartan to the unitiated like me.
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Romancing the Plaid isn't just for the fashion minded or the Scot-o-philes. There is good research demonstrated in the meanings in the patterns and colors to the various Scottish clans and the authors use paintings of the historical period to illustrate their findings make this little covered topic more fascinating to the average reader. The book covers the origins and more recent uses of plaid tartan themes and its various impacts on modern fashion. The illustrations and photographs are of excellent quality and definitely should be purchased for more than the decorative coffee table accessory. Overall a genuinely good reading experience and a interesting subject.
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If you love plaid, this book is essential. Lovely photographs and history on the ever handsome world of plaid. Delightful coffee table book.
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Banks and De La Chappelle have created a book that will appeal to those who love fashion as well as history in this gorgeously produced book. Banks is as talented a writer as he is a designer (which is to say, VERY talented) and the book itself is a work of art-- the amazingly beautiful photos, crisp, concise, compelling text, even the tartan bookmark make this a worthy purchase for fashion lovers, historians, or for those who simply want a smart piece of art on their coffee table.
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I bought this book for a Scottish friend and his wife. They adore it and it went "out on loan" in short order to other Scots. The book is visually captivating, imaginative, and has interesting text. It is the quintessential coffee table volume.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully laid out book of tartan fashions. It is not a guide to clans or motifs but a book showing the many highly styled uses of these plaids. Most of the photos (all but a few are in color) are of clothes, but there are a few of furnishings.

The text is small and hard to read on the high grade glossy paper. This will be OK for most since the narrative is secondary to the photos.

There are pictures of old paintings showing Scottish nobles wearing the plaid, tartans in battle and members of the British royal family wearing them. There are photos of more modern era British Royals, film stars and entertainers. A large variety of styles is shown in the photos from today’s high fashion world. Ralph Lauren, Vienne Westwood and Burberry have several pages.

If you are interested in this subject, this book is a must have.
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