Voting underway for official university tartan

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Virginia Commonwealth University is in the top of the class in many categories. The university is  among the top employers for older workers and the best universities for minorities. It’s also one of the nation’s top 50 public research universities. But there’s one thing that other schools have that VCU has lacked – until now.

The university is ready for its own official tartan, which will be registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans in Edinburgh, Scotland, thereby achieving worldwide recognition. This tartan will be used in officially licensed VCU apparel, as well as many other applications. Having an official tartan means that no one else can use the design without VCU’s permission.

The official tartan of VCU has been years in the making. The Department of Fashion in the School of the Arts and VCU Business Services have worked together during that time to develop the tartan. Dozens of designs were submitted by Kristin Caskey’s fashion design students, and were culled down to the top three. The university community is tasked with voting for the best design. Go to to vote through April 1.

“We can do a lot of really great things with a tartan,” said Karen Videtic, professor of fashion design and merchandising. “As fashion people, we thought it would be fabulous to partner with the bookstore and be involved in developing some of those products that make tartan very cool.”


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