April 7, 2009

Call us MacCornell: University now has its own tartan

tartan on statue
Robert Barker/University Photography

Complete with the playing of the university's alma mater on the bagpipes, the Cornell Design League Fashion Show unveiled Cornell's official tartan April 4. The plaid makes Cornell the only Ivy League school to have its own tartan registered with the Scottish Tartans Authority.

Jessie Fair, a senior in the Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD) program, designed the tartan, which is predominantly wine red with cream and has a hint of gray with dusty blue stripes.

Mort Bishop III '74, president of Pendleton Woolen Mills and a member of the Cornell Board of Trustees, presented scarves designed with the plaid to board of trustees member Ezra Cornell IV and Susan Murphy, vice president for student and academic services. "Now Cornellians can show their colors with a visual brand that represents the school," Bishop told the audience. "The Cornell tartan provides a way to celebrate Cornell, and also raise awareness and money for the Cornell Far Above campaign."

Pendleton will use the plaid to create official Cornell scarves, stadium blankets and other products. Bishop has donated 600 scarves to Cornell, with sale proceeds going to the university.

The tartan was also featured prominently in Feedbak, an experimental menswear clothing line showcased at the fashion show. The concept for the line was developed by Mac Bishop '11 and Jeff Aziakou '10 of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Undergraduate Business Program. The garments in the Feedbak line, made with Pendleton fabrics donated by Pendleton Woolen Mills, were created and produced by a team of apparel design students in FSAD.

Sheri Hall is assistant director of communications in the College of Human Ecology.