#Outlander Appeal

My plans for ‘Tartan: True or False’ have been waylaid, this time by life, the universe, and everything… Let’s just say that planning a proper post in the midst of beginning-of-term chaos with two looming article deadlines (one of which requires a close re-read of Sir Walter Scott) was not my wisest move. I will…

Off Sick…

I had very much intended to have a ‘Tartan True or False’ post up today, but I spent yesterday trying to bolster my immune system since my brother (and flatmate) and the rest of my family (whom I saw during the holidays) have PLAGUE and have been trying to infect me. So, we’ll do something…

The #OutlanderEffect

I first began noticing the influence of Scottish dress and textiles in mainstream fashion/clothing back in 2012 when I wrote my “Scottish for Christmas” post at Worn Through. Karl Lagerfeld had just released the Edimbourg Pre-Fall 2013 collection for Chanel, which clearly harkened back to Scotland during the era of Mary Queen of Scots, and…

The Tartan Detective?

When I promised a post about my reading on Tuesday, I had originally been thinking of a generic book review post. The books in question were Susannah Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, and The Dress Detective by Ingrid Mida and Alexandra Kim. The former is an alternative history of the Napoleonic wars with magicians…

Knitting Traditions 2017

I am excited to share some good news with you all! I had been having the most Monday of Mondays until word came that my article proposal for next year’s Knitting Traditions magazine has been accepted. The 2017 edition’s theme is the Victorian era, and the working title for my article is ‘Sir Walter Scott &…

A Kilted Colloquy

Not to cater to stereotypes, but the image above was one of the very first I took after arriving in Edinburgh. I hadn’t really slept the night before my 12-hour flight to a country I’d never before set foot in, but was intending to live in for a year. And I can’t really sleep on…

Molly Gibson’s Dress

It has taken me quite some time to find my sea legs as a dress historian. I have recounted how a single passage in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South led me to discovering the field of dress history, but my initial focus was the clothing and textiles of Jane Austen’s novels for the very simple reason that I…

“Indian Shawls”

With Monica’s guest post, and subsequent discussions by Lizzie at The Vintage Traveler, I have been inspired to revisit a topic dear to my heart — Kashmir shawls, and their European imitations. ~~ ‘I have spared no expense in [Edith’s] trousseau,’ were the next words Margaret heard. ‘She has all the beautiful Indian shawls and…

For the love of Paisley

I am happy to present my first ever guest post from my Worn Through colleague and one of my dear friends, Monica D. Murgia. Monica has an MA in Fashion & Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice from FIT. Her focus was curatorial, with an emphasis on twentieth century fashion designers. Her current research interests…

Savagery and Satire

SATIRE 2b. the employment, in speaking or writing, of sarcasm, irony, ridicule, etc. in exposing, denouncing, deriding, or ridiculing vice, folly, indecorum, abuses, or evils of any kind. —     Oxford English Dictionary “I want to be honest about the world that we live in, and sometimes my political persuasions come through my work… Let’s break…