Denim & tartan kilt

Grant Mahy trained as a kilt maker. Once he had mastered the traditional techniques he began incorporating unusual materials into his designs with great success. This kilt is fashioned from recycled denim, wool and velvet; following the conventions of kilt construction but challenging expectations. It is worn with a vintage black wool piper's hat (originally worn by his father), a slightly subverted velvet jacket and a buckled top made of perforated leather.

Read more about the history of home sewing in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Home Sewn.


Copyright: Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Designer: Grant Mahy
Manufacturing location: Dunedin
Garment type: Kilt, jacket, top and hat.
Material: Denim, wool, velvet (kilt), velvet, silk lining, chrome buttons (jacket), perforated ostrich leather (top), wool (hat)
Features: Traditional kilt collaged from non traditional materials
Colour: Royal blue, black, red
Date: Early 2000s