Above: Photos from the two-day press event hosted by Bernat Klein in Edinburgh and Galashiels showing his textiles, yarns and garment collections at Waukrugg Mill and High Sunderland house. Photographs by Peter Waugh, April 1963. © Bernat Klein.
In 1969, Bernat Klein began designing polyester fabrics for Terlenka, one of the most progressive manufacturers of manmade fibres in Europe. These print designs were based on magnifications of his oil paintings and the interaction of colour. Klein would go on to produce his own range of screen printed polyester fabrics, which retailed under the name Diolen.
Opening up the archive: Bernat Klein’s couture fabrics
The National Museums Scotland Bernat Klein archive contains hundreds of samples of his iconic couture textiles. Fashion houses such as Pierre Balmain, Pierre Cardin, Dior, Nina Ricci, Ronald Patterson, Yves St Laurent, John Cavanagh, Hardy Aimes, Mattli and Victor Stiebel used Klein’s fabrics throughout the 1960s.