"Connected," the official Iowa State University tartan, designed by Madelyn Bunn, Senior in the Apparel, Merchandising and Design program, was inspired by the network of art and architecture that distinguishes Iowa State University.


The Apparel, Events & Hospitality Management (AESHM) Depart at Iowa State University put together a competition, lead by Dr. Shane-Nichols & Dr. Sanders, AESHM Department chair, to solicit tartan designs from across the university.

Students from across the university submitted designs. The initial designs were judged by instructors within the Apparel, Merchandising & Design program. The faculty members judged the designs based on their interpretation of Iowa State's history, use of color, and originality. After a lengthy judging process two final designs were selected to be put to a campus wide vote. After a campus wide vote, "Connected" was selected as the winner.

The ISU tartan is now a registered tartan through the Scottish Register, and was developed into a variety of products from coffee mugs to magnets.


Innovate 1858 is the proud exclusive distributor of the ISU tartan.



Madelyn Bunn, senior in the Apparel, Merchandising & Design program at Iowa State designed "connected," the winning tartan pattern.


Scottish Registry

The ISU tartan is a registered tartan with the Scottish Registry of Tartans.

Only a handful of other colleges across the country have a registered tartan. To have a registered tartan means that the unique ISU tartan will forever be associated with the "clan" of Iowa State University.


Supporting Students 

When purchasing ISU tartan products you are supporting student innovation and helping the Apparel, Events & Hospitality Management Department to continue to provide funding to world class student programs and scholarships.