Press Day at Pixar | Kilt 101 #DisneyPixarEvent

The Brave filmmakers certainly had their work cut out for them when it came to an authentic fashion look for 900 A.D. Scotland. “…doing a single piece of cloth draped over a shoulder is hard enough in computer animation. When you add a layer of clothing on top of another–and do multiple layers–then you’re really talking about complexity on a level that no one’s ever done before,” said Brave’s executive producer, John Lasseter. (Quote taken from handouts provided by Pixar.)

Credit: Jessica Brandi Lifland

During our Press day at Pixar Animation Studios when we were separated into our “clans”, we were able to attend some very informative sessions about things that are relative to Brave. I have a few friends and acquaintances that wear kilts (one is part a professional bagpiper group, even!), but I knew very little about them until Kilt 101.

Credit: Jessica Brandi Lifland

Inside our conference room, we had two kindly gentlemen that gave us a brief history of the kilt and how they are worn. Here are a few of the highlights of their comedic presentation:

  • Kilts were worn in the 1600s
  • The special patterns on kilts are called tartans (not to be confused with “tartar”, which you eat with fish–yes, this was an actual joke they used!)
  • The first kilt was called the Stawart, and it was worn by the police
  • The shoes worn with kilts are called “gillies”, and they have no tongue in them. The reason is because Scotland is often damp, and their shoes dry out faster with no tongues.
  • It’s true–they really do not wear anything underneath their kilts!

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*Disney/Pixar provided me with an all expenses paid trip to San Francisco in order to visit Pixar. Images included in this post are courtesy of Pixar. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*


Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.

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