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Tartan has inspired numerous Jean Paul Gaultier’s pieces, including the ones that are showcased in the Thierry-Maxime Loriot-curated « The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier : From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk » exhibition, at New York’s Brooklyn Museum, from October 25, 2013 until February 23, 2014.

The Scottish kilt is one of Jean Paul Gaultier’s signatures, and the couturier has often spotlighted this pattern, particularly in his Spring/Summer 1984 collection (« The Return of the print / Le Retour de l’imprimé »), his Autumn/Winter 1987-1988 Menswear collection (« The Rock Stars / Les Rock Stars »), his Autumn/Winter 1991-1992 Menswear collection (« The Prisoner / Le Prisonnier »), his Autumn/Winter 1998-1999 Menswear collection (« Like a Prayer »), and his Spring/Summer 2013 Menswear collection.

Other collections with tartan : Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 1995-1996 (Alexander McQueen’s tartan was showcased for the 1st time in this collection, titled « Highland Rape », which was based on the 18th century Jacobite Risings and the 19th century Highland Clearances), Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Pre-Fall 2013 (this « Paris-Edinburgh » show paid tribute to Scotland, where Coco Chanel spent some time with her then-lover, the Duke of Westminster), Corrie Nielsen Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (this collection was an homage to the Scottish Highlands), House of Holland Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (tartan-influenced collection), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Couture Autumn/Winter 2000-2001 (this collection, named « Bellintellingentsia », showcased tartan motifs, especially the Royal Stewart tartan), L.A.M.B. Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 (Gwen Stefani, one of the most passionate fans of tartan, has particularly highlighted this motif in this collection), Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2004-2005 (this show was partly based on Scottish romanticism), Moschino Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (Scotland’s heritage was honored in this show), Saint Laurent Paris by Hedi Slimane Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (this show celebrated California grunge), Versace Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (this collection showcased the « Vunk ! », which is an hybrid of Versace and punk), Vivienne Westwood (the Scottish tartan is recurrent in Vivienne Westwood’s collections, specifically in her Autumn/Winter 1989-1990 collection, titled « Trip to Cythera », and in her « Anglomania » Autumn/Winter 1997-1998 collection).

Photo : Thomas Iannaccone




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16 responses to “Tartan

  1. brendamely

    October 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    oaaaal nossa muito legaaal :3 – cool!!!!

  2. annamundi

    October 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    love them… and i still have an original little kilt from when i was 9 and sometimes i still like to wear it (obviously i didn’t grow much 😉 ) with a kind of post punk look

    • Fashion Mayann

      October 26, 2013 at 6:22 am

      Oh, I love punk-inspired looks so much ! You’re so lucky to still have your childhood kilt ! Wearing my Jean Paul Gaultier kilt over skinny black trousers always makes me feel like Madonna, “Drowned World Tour” era !

  3. Maison Bentley Style

    October 26, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I am a lucky girl..with my Scottish ancestry I can wear the Mackenzie kilt (my maiden name) – which is a rather lovely one! xxx

    • Fashion Mayann

      October 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      I’ve just Googled it and I love it ! Lucky girl indeed ! The countdown to tomorrow’s extravaganza has now begun ! xxx

  4. whatwewear

    October 26, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    we love the punk qualities of tartan (we can just picture Gwen Stefani rocking these fab looks) and how amazing that these were displayed on a background of grafitti!
    Definitely have to get to New York to see this exhibit!! xoxo

    • Fashion Mayann

      October 27, 2013 at 7:13 am

      Thank you very much ! I’ll tell you why this scenography (based on the graffiti motifs that appeared in Jean Paul Gaultier’s Downtown New York-inspired Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 show) means so much to me : JPG is my favorite couturier ever, I have been working for a fashion museum for the last 12 years, tartan is one of my fave patterns, NYC (although I’ve never been there) is my dream city, and I love punk ! XOXO

      • whatwewear

        October 27, 2013 at 9:42 am

        you work for a fashion museum?? how cool!!!
        ok so this image is definitely Fashion Mayann perfection!!

      • Fashion Mayann

        October 27, 2013 at 10:20 am

        Yes it is, thanks so much ! Have a fashionable weekend ! XO

  5. dannadesigns

    October 27, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Fabulous…love this current classic! xo

    • Fashion Mayann

      October 27, 2013 at 7:17 am

      THX ! To me, tartan is such an iconic pattern, and, for sure, no ones does it better than my beloved Jean Paul Gaultier ! XO

  6. That Street Guy

    October 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    this bring s me back to high school days. In a good way

    • Fashion Mayann

      October 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      So, I’m very happy that, thanks to the Maison Bentley Style Blog Party, you can do this beautiful trip down to memory lane !

  7. .MIS. Manhattan Image & Style

    October 27, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Fabulous! I love Tartan!

    • Fashion Mayann

      October 28, 2013 at 7:47 am

      Me too, thanks so much ! It’s so versatile and can be classy, grungy or punky ! And, of course, the absolute Tartan Master is Monsieur Jean Paul Gaultier, my favorite couturier ever !!! XOXO


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