Author Fiona Anderson explores the history, design and consumption of these fashion textiles.

From their origins in coarse woollen shepherd’s checks to worldwide success in luxury fashion today, author of Tweed, Fiona Anderson explores the history, design and consumption of these fashion textiles. Fiona lectures at Edinburgh College of Art and was formerly Senior Curator of Fashion and Textiles at National Museums Scotland.

In her talk, Fiona discusses new research about the international impact of these popular textiles of Scottish origin. A range of different types of tweeds will be included from Harris Tweed, to the type famously used by Chanel. Fiona will begin by introducing major themes in the history of tweed, challenging popular myths and misconceptions about these textiles.

When researching Tweed, she uncovered important links between objects held by National Museums Scotland and the private archives of Chanel, Dior and Balenciaga. Fiona’s talk explores this research, which reveals that Bernat Klein, Otterburn Mill and Ceemo Tweeds were amongst only a handful of British manufacturers that sold tweeds to Paris couture houses. Designs by several of the featured firms are displayed in the Fashion and Style gallery.

Fiona’s research for Tweed was generously supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Header image: Sample of woven women's fashion fabric entitled Aurora, twill fabric, also known as wool tweed. Part of a group of samples compiled by Bernat Klein for own records. 

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25 Nov 2017
14:00–15:00 (doors open 13:45)


Auditorium, Level 1. Entry via Chambers Street.

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