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    Not to sidetrack the OP I wonder how much Highland dancing dress has changed over time? I pulled out a book acquired when I was active in a local Celtic dance group and it would seem that not much has really altered at all. Just a few photos from this publication with a copyright of 1955.


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    About Highland Dancing attire, people in that world would have to inform us, but my impression is that it's constantly evolving.

    Yes those 1955 photos look surprisingly modern, with the white 'arasaid" tartans and vests. It appears that Highland Dress attire hasn't changed all that much since then.

    This film, from a Highland Games in Scotland in 1950, shows very old-fashioned Highland Dance costumes, the women in jackets, sporrans, plaids, bonnets, etc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu6e2U3Du_I

    This film from a Highland Games in Scotland in 1960 still shows the women wearing sporrans, jackets, and bonnets though the plaids are gone

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb7yQwf6vLs

    I know that recently I've seen the dance tartans get more and more vivid, with almost neon Day-Glo colours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OC Richard View Post
    About Highland Dancing attire, people in that world would have to inform us, but my impression is that it's constantly evolving.

    Yes those 1955 photos look surprisingly modern, with the white 'arasaid" tartans and vests. It appears that Highland Dress attire hasn't changed all that much since then.

    This film, from a Highland Games in Scotland in 1950, shows very old-fashioned Highland Dance costumes, the women in jackets, sporrans, plaids, bonnets, etc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu6e2U3Du_I

    This film from a Highland Games in Scotland in 1960 still shows the women wearing sporrans, jackets, and bonnets though the plaids are gone

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb7yQwf6vLs

    I know that recently I've seen the dance tartans get more and more vivid, with almost neon Day-Glo colours.
    Wonderful video clips! Thanks for sharing the links.

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    Richard,
    I remember sitting at your house back around 1978 looking at the Scottish shopper wish book. When I could afford one, I bought a white seal skin day sporran, #13 on your third photo page, which I still have. In the 80's and early 90's every time i went TDY to Fort Lewis I'd make it a point to spend an afternoon at the store.

    I miss that.
    Dave Chambers

    The Order of the Dandelion, The Auld Crabbits, Clan Cameron, Kilted Scouters, WoodBadge Group, Heart o' Texians

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    Yes that was the wish book!

    How cool that you were able to visit their shop. I never did, my first visit to Seattle was just a couple years ago, while my son was attending university up there.

    The closest I came was visiting Scotch House in San Francisco. That place was cool.

    Both shops are long gone now.
    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first Europeans on the Guyandotte

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