V&A Dundee


Opening Saturday 1 April 2023
  • Dates

    Opening Saturday 1 April 2023

  • Exhibition Gallery

  • £7.00 - £16.00

    £2 discount applied when booking online.
    Concessions apply.
    Advance booking is recommended.

Coming up in 2023 - a radical new look at one of the world’s best-known fabrics

Tartan will celebrate the global story of a unique pattern which has connected communities worldwide, expressed tradition, revolt and diversity, and inspired playful and provocative design. It is a complex, rich, and sometimes painful history unequalled by any other cloth or pattern. Tartan is a textile which is adored and derided, inspiring great works of art and design, and representative of unity and dissent, tradition and rebellion.

While originating in textile traditions, tartan has also been an inspiration for, and incorporated into, art and design cultures including architecture, product design, fashion, film, fine art, and performance. Tartan has become a global symbol of unity and revolution, and the exhibition will explore the incredible impact that the textile has had on fashion and design around the world up to the present day.

This is the first major exhibition curated by V&A Dundee, with consultant curator ​​Jonathan Faiers of the University of Southampton, UK.

Image credit - Kilt under construction, Keith Kilt School, Moray. Photo by Jonathan Faiers

Key objects

Kilt under construction, Keith Kilt School, Moray. Photo by Jonathan Faiers

Lord Mungo Murray [Am Morair Mungo Moireach], 1668 - 1700. Son of 1st Marquess of Atholl

Alan Cumming portrait by Christian Hook, 2014, © Christian Hook

Cheddar Gorgeous in a suit designed by Liquorice Black, 2017

Wales Bonner adidas Originals, Spring Summer 2021. Photo by Jeano Edwards

Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY SS2022. Photo by Louie Banks