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The inspiration for the ensemble was derived from an interaction with a participant in a dissertation study on kilt making currently being conducted. Scotland has always had a strong sense of heritage, and kilts and tartan are iconic components of the culture (Loranger, 2014). During the difficult economic times that typified the 1970s and part of the 1980s in the United Kingdom (U.K.), punk was a counter-culture movement born out of disenfranchised youths' frustrations (Cartlidge, n.d.). In Scotland and beyond, the kilt and punk rock iconography was a semiotic vehicle to convey feelings of discontent. The purpose of the three pieces created in this ensemble, Scottish Punk, is an attempt to encapsulate some of the visual imagery and messages of the punk time period. The designer utilized experiences and observations recorded during the creation of the ensemble to inform the semiotic and construction aspects of their dissertation study.