Bernat Klein: An Eye for Colour

The fabric sold to Chanel in 1963.

Heriot-Watt University is taking part in 'Previously...Scotland's history Festival' by hosting a talk by University Archivist, Helen Taylor, called 'Bernat Klein: An Eye for Colour'.

The talk explores the lasting impact of Bernat Klein's distinctive use of colour and texture on British textile design. 1963 was a pivotal year for this Galashiels based textile designer and artist. Although Klein already had success in selling to the likes of British Home Stores, in 1963 Chanel used his mohair tweed fabric in the Spring collection. This was the springboard launching sales to other designers such as Christian Dior, Hardy Amies and Balenciaga.

Following the talk there will be the opportunity to visit the Heriot-Watt University Museum and Archive to see: 1963- a new display about a momentous year for Heriot-Watt, higher education and the wider world. This exhibition features iconic fabrics designed by Bernat Klein from the University Textile Collection.

About the talk

Bernat Klein: An Eye for Colour

Tuesday 19 November 2013, 12.30 - 1.30 pm.

How to book

The event is free but there are limited places available so it is essential to book in advance.

Please email heritage@hw.ac.uk or telephone 0131 451 3218 to book a place.