TARTAN FASHION - GEORGIAN & REGENCY
See below for a collection of vintage images showing the influence of Scottish tartan patterns on the fashionable set in this period.
George III's recovery from a serious illness in 1789 was greeted with great celebration during which a craze for plaids and tartan came into fashion. This continued after 1822 when George IV visited Scotland.
A Georgian fashion plate in green tartan, an Afternoon Dress for "The Lady's Monthly Museum; Or, Polite Repository of Amusement and Instruction", London, 1801 The end of the 18th century witnessed a significant change in the style of women’s dress. The gown no longer consisted of two dresses, an under and an outer one, and the formal styles which had prevailed and brought into use stiff materials such as solid damasks, velvets, satins, and silks, were replaced by the fashion of the short-waisted (empire) clinging gown made of muslin and soft silk. This dress has a modest tartan coverup (and tartan tam) as some protection against "muslin disease" (a bad cold or pneumonia caught by fashionable ladies who compromised their health wearing thin muslin dresses with bare necks and arms in damp and drafty buildings).
Fashion Plate, 'Opera Dress' for 'La Belle Assemblée', England, London, March 1, 1814
1815 Fashion La nouvelle mode ou l'Ecossais à Paris - September 1815 a satirical sketch in which a Scottish soldier in a kilt looks at a French girl
When you really want to stand out at a tea party, don't take off your coat - Georgian period tartan mantle. Publication: German or Austrian publication, 1835
costumes of all countries by Alexandre Lacauchie, 1850 s, the nations. Album of Costumes of all countries, Scotland