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Jacket, Skirt

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Taishi Hirokawa

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Jacket, Skirt

c. 1890 - unknown (Country)

Jacket of black cotton velvet; high neck; metal buttons at front; pleated skirt of tartan.
Inventory Number(s)
AC2215 79-9-20AB

This velvet jacket and pleated tartan skirt ensemble is associated with Scotland's traditional garb. Tartan is a check cloth deriving from approximately the tenth century in Scotland, where the designs were used in the manner of a crest or emblem, to show clan and family affiliations. Even Queen Victoria, a leader in fashion at the time, loved tartan. It is said that the fad of tartan in women's clothing was due to her influence.