CUTTING EDGES- ISRAELI FASHION EXHIBITION
IN A COMPLETE SYNCH WITH ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE DAY, YOM H'AATZMAUT, ON MAY 8TH THE JCC MANHATTAN WILL HOLD THE OPENING RECEPTION FOR "CUTTING EDGES", AN EXHIBITION AND A SHOWCASE OF CONTEMPORARY ISRAELI CLOTHING, TEXTILE, JEWELRY, AND ACCESSORIES. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS IT!
When can I go see the exhibition: Starting now and until July 30th
Where: JCC Manhattan Gallery
Curator: The talented Keren Ben- Horin
Who: 30 Israeli designers who work in Israel and abroad
Why: The exhibition presents Israeli Fashion from unique angles- it is not what you have in mind when you think about Israeli Fashion (meaning: no bucket hats/ kova tembel or beach attire).
If you want to see what Israeli fashion REALLY IS and what it has to offer today, this is the exhibition for you!
It is hard to choose one thing I liked the most in the exhibition, especially since I was lucky enough to get the full explanation of each and every presented item from Keren Ben- Horin, the curator.
And you know how it is, once you become aware of the story behind a garment, you are connected to it forever, in an unexplained emotional way.
So you can imagine it is hard for me to choose.
The exhibition itself is divided into 5 themes: Nature, Craftmanship, Beauty & Brutalism, Free- Form and Urban Jungle.
The one theme I connected to the most was the Beauty & Brutalism and within this theme there is another, even more intersting theme: military fashion.
Many designers in Israel are inspired by their military service and it affects their designs. If you've been in my lectures you might remember some of the examples I give for military fashion.
The idea of taking military elements and normalizing them is fascinating to me. Is it possible? Can we be a "normal" society while we live in a tough neighborhood and serve in the military for 2-3 years? And why even when we finish our service it continues to "hunt" us in our life and in our creative process?
Here are 3 pieces of 3 designers presenting in the exhibition:
Amir Marc who served in the Navy has had a life jacket with him during his military service, the jacket later become his lucky charm and inspired his colorful playful inflatable collection
Nophar Haimovitz creates a combination between a "B" class iconic IDF shirt and a formal "A" class one and then transform them into a stylish item
Liat Greenberg uses IDF military units' insignia to create a beautiful accessory made of bids
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