Mad for Plaid

Runs through Sunday, June 2, 2019.

Hours & Admission

Popularized for the masses by Queen Victoria, plaid connects to history, classic chic, prepsters, grunge, and the hipster known as the urban woodsman. This exhibition showcases Northeastern Ohio’s men, women, and children who wear plaid, highlighting recognizable brands, pop culture, and the heritage behind it all.
This new exhibit highlights…

  • Our city’s very own tartan: the Pride of Cleveland designed by the Kilted Bros
  • Lumberjack Americana from Pendleton to today’s Urban Woodsman
  • Iconic UK design houses like Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, and Burberry
  • Rock n Roll and more!



Join us for StyleMe Saturdays

Get your fashion fix with our Style Me Saturdays programming series in the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing! Museum guests will have the opportunity to engage with the Curator of Costumes & Textiles, see garments pulled specially from storage, and experience hands on activities with local partners. These monthly programs will give attendees access to the Western Reserve Historical Society’s costume and textiles collection like never before. All programs are free with admission unless stated otherwise.

Join us for one (or all!) of these special fashion forward programs:

Sat 6/2 – Mad for Plaid: Exclusive Curator Tours

Sat 7/7 – Poolside Plaid: Summer Style from the Collection

Sat 8/4 – Kilt 101: the Kilted Bros

Sat 9/22 – Weaving Plaid: Praxis Fiber Workshop

Sat 10/6 – NO PROGRAM

Sat 11/3 – Rocker Plaid: Rock + Roll Hall of Fame

Sat 12/8 – History on Tap: Cheers to Plaid: Scotch Tasting and Holiday Style from the Collection

Sat 1/5 – Silver Screen Plaid

Sat 2/2 – As If: ’90s Plaid from the Collection





About the WRHS Costume Collection

The Western Reserve Historical Society maintains one of the largest collections of historic costumes and textiles in the United States. This collection is one of the top ten of its kind in the nation and is comprised of 40,000 garments, quilts, and textiles from 1750 to the present.  It includes both historic and contemporary designs, including mass-produced, ready-to-wear, couture and one-of-a-kind pieces.