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!

My favorites:

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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