Tartan and Tweed
Caroline Young

Tartan and Tweed

The Tartan and Tweed Bible is a complete guide to the origins and reinvention of tartan and tweed, from their beginnings in the Scottish Highlands to their use in contemporary fashion design and subculture movements.


Designers including Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Chanel have used these textiles in a fresh, subversive way, while also paying tribute to their history as a symbol of both rebellion and the establishment.


This lavishly illustrated book focuses on fashion over the last century whilst looking back at the journey these fabrics have made from traditional cloth to stylish fabrics. It  follows the early popularity of tartan and tweed including the fabrics’ connections from crofters and clans to aristocracy, and charts tweed’s dramatic recovery during an economic crisis and its subsequent re-invention as a desirable luxury fashion fabric. Along with beautiful images, it also provides a useful buyers guide for both tartan and tweed.


Book Details:

  • Author: Caroline Young
  • Published Year: 2017
  • Rights Sold
    • UK: Frances Lincoln

Caroline Young

Originally from Edinburgh and still based there, Caroline  is a writer who has also worked as assistant digital editor for Herald Scotland, as well contributing articles on fashion and the arts.  After doing an undergrad degree at Glasgow University in English and film studies, Caroline studied a Masters in journalism at Griffith University in Brisbane – all part of a plan to do some more travelling while also furthering her career. She got some exotic sounding work experience at the Vietnam Economic Times in Hanoi, Marie Claire in Sydney and the Courier Mail in Brisbane....
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