Queen Victoria decked Balmoral in it. Pop stars Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga strut the stage wearing it. Tartan, the beloved symbol of kin, clan, and nation to the Scots, has evolved into one of the world’s favorite fabrics. Serving as the inspiration for designers of everything from haute couture to furniture, tartan mania is in full swing. Fashion world insiders Jeffrey Banks and Doria de La Chapelle have written the definitive book on tartan, bringing together a dizzying array of images to tell the story of tartan’s humble beginnings to its current status as the ultimate emblem of great taste and high fashion.