Plaid never looked so good. In this ad from 1958, the Dan River fabric company features 3 dresses made from its yarn dyed woven plaids. Started in 1882, Dan River was one of the most famous and prolific of the American textile companies, well known for their gingham fabrics. Sadly, the company fell victim to cheap overseas competition and declared bankruptcy in 2004. The company was purchased by firm in India in 2006 and all jobs were moved out of the US. The historic textile plant in Danville, VA was taken down in 2008.