For as long as I can remember, I have had a fascination for kilts. Tartan, leather, denim, or utility, this item of clothing has always enchanted me. Once I bought one and wore it, it totally went to the next level. Let's step back a few paces, though.
|This is not the exact pic, but the kilts are the same exact colors.|
I began looking up everything on Highland Dress and Kilts. I went through the encyclopedia at home (Mom made it a point to have a set of the current encyclopedia in the house), the encyclopedia in the school library (the copy machine became jammed many a time because of me), and the encyclopedia in the public library (I spent a lot of money copying all of those pages there). I was determined to find out as much as I can about kilts, their origin, history and even how to make one (I'm still working on that one).
A kilt is a pleated , knee length garment originating as the traditional dress of boys and men in the Scottish Highlands of the 16th Century. It became more associated with the wider culture of Scotland in general in the 19th Century with Celtic and Gaelic as examples of general (Celtic), and specific (Gaelic). The kilts were made of a worseted wool tartan (plaids). It is normally worn as formal dress (weddings, communions, funerals), but it has been adapted for every day wear. Solid colored kilts (solid green, mustard yellow, black) are mostly of Irish origin and were adopted by Irish Nationalists at the turn of the 20th Century. Today modern kilts, or contemporary kilts (utility kilts in the States) are made from a wide range of fabrics. Some are modeled on the Scottish kilts, others are like pleated skirts for men. Many are designed with pockets and to be worn without a sporran (a pouch or a bag that is like a pocket for a pocketless kilt).
Then, I went to London and everything changed. I found a few places that have kilts in every weight (lighter for spring/summer, heavier for fall/winter). I also managed to find a few second hand stores and thrift shops that had kilts. No matter what, I tried on every kilt they had and then bought my first one. Totally am in LOVE with it!!!!! Having that kilt inspired me to want to learn how to make them, so I can make them for myself and others. Most kilts are made of eight yards of fabric and the pleating takes up most of it. There is a kilt making kit that comes with a book and it's pretty pricey, but I will see if I can find it somewhere cheaper. Either that, or I'm gonna have to move to the Scottish highlands and be someone's apprentice.
|Me, in my kilt in my messy studio. The lighting is great in there, though...lol.|
Designers have also been inspired by the kilt and the skirt for men. I even designed a skirt for myself (it's almost done, just have to add belt loops), and I totally can't wait to wear it!!! This may not catch on for all men, but I am glad that I am of a select few that had the steel nuts to brave the streets in edgy fashion!!!!
|Designer, Marc Jacobs|
|Stay fashionable and sexy!!!!!|