I’ll be speaking at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Museum as part of the annual Design History Studies conference in early September on the kilt and its many manifestations and cultural (dis)locations.

“As a textile design and a fashion item, the kilt now stands as a cipher for romanticized Scottish nationalism and rugged masculinity. However, the garment’s manufacture and wear have been shaped by historical instances of enforced displacement and dispersal of people which, in turn, have radically reshaped its materiality, use patterns, and inherent symbolism.”