Vlasta Klaić was born in 1957 in Požega where she finished general secondary school. She studied at the Faculty of Arts and Letters in Zagreb and got her B.A. degree in the English language and literature and the Italian language and literature. From 1983 to 1999 she was employed in the hotel business organisation Inter Continental Zagreb. Since 1999 she has been employed at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Department of Theory of Design. She took an active part in the organisation of international scientific conferences DESIGN since 2000.