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Coat and Wrap
Burberry of London’s tan tartan is iconic. Founded in 1856, the company began lining its famous trench coats with the distinct plaid during the 1920s.Today, the plaid, or “house check” is employed in various colorways, but it’s always recognizable. Although some would argue that the pattern became overused as a status symbol and thus cheapened the brand, its popularity has recently surged. Burberry’s Fall 2017 ready-to-wear runway was filled with the house check and other tartans once again, and the singer and fashion icon Rihanna was seen wearing items from the collection, head to toe. In 2018, the company’s President, Christopher Bailey, reissued designs from the 1980s and 1990s, including many fully checked garments, as his last collection for the brand.
Coat: Burberry. Worn in Cleveland by June Isquick. Gift of B. Scott Isquick in Memory of June Isquick, 1997.1.10. Wrap: Burberry. Worn in Cleveland by Honey Feinberg. Gift of the Honey B. Feinberg Estate, 2016.20.2. Featured in "Mad for Plaid" Exhibit.