STYLE CLASSICS: Everyone from Margot Fonteyn to Tilda Swinton has always loved Pringle twinsets


STYLE CLASSICS: Everyone from Margot Fonteyn to Tilda Swinton has always loved Pringle twinsets

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23:56 GMT, 24 October 2012

A twinset, teamed with pearls, is the embodiment of ladylike chic, and Pringle of Scotland can lay claim to its creation – or at least transposing the look from the golf course to the catwalk.

In 1815, Robert Pringle established his eponymous brand in the Scottish borders.

Tilda Swinton appearing in the autumn 2011 advert for Pringle

Tilda Swinton appearing in the autumn 2011 advert for Pringle

His company began life as a luxury hosiery and underwear manufacturer – knitted items were originally considered appropriate only for underwear – and it wasn't until the 1870s that they started creating cashmere clothing.

Otto Weisz was appointed as Pringle's first full-time designer in 1934, launching the diamond intarsia Argyle pattern that became the company's signature.

Margot Fonteyn in a Pringle twinset

A Deep Heather Pringle twinset

Ballerina Margot Fonteyn, left, wearing a Pringle twinset, right

In the Forties and Fifties, Pringle's close-fitting re-working of the two-piece cardigan and sweater became a celebrity staple – all the better to hug the curves of stars such as Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly and ballerina Margot Fonteyn.

Pringle has always been synonymous with quality, but it got an injection of cool when Clare Waight Keller was appointed as creative director in 2000.

She now has the top job at Chloe, but her legacy at the label is a link with stylish-but-edgy stars such as Tilda Swinton, combined with a nod to heritage.

This season, as well as the classic, the 100 per cent cashmere twinset comes with a giant kilt pin, 595.