Here Comes the Bride
Bridal Gowns Embroidering a Jewish Story
Opening: September 18, 2013
Exhibition Curator: Neta Harel | Ronen Levin
Exhibition Designer: Roth Tevet
Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People presenting:
Here Comes the Bride: Bridal Gowns Embroidering a Jewish Story
“Here Comes the Bride” was initiated by Mr. Gedeon Hamburger (chair) and Ms. Irit Admoni Perlman (director) of the Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, along with Mr. Motty Reif, member of the Board of the Israel Friends of Beit Hatfusot, together with the Fashion Department at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. The result of this unique cooperation is a display of exceptional wedding gowns, decorated with handmade embroidery, inspired by artifacts from Beit Hatfustot.
14 Shenkar third year fashion students, all tutored by Ronen Levin, took part in this project: they explored the core exhibition of the museum and were then requested to choose a Jewish community and present it in a personal narrative through their design.
Items displayed at Beit Hatfutsot’s permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as collections from the museum’s documentation center, inspired unique bridal gowns designs, expressing the various styles and traditions of many Jewish communities. These include amongst others – Yemen, Iraq, Turkey, Salonika, Spain, Poland, Germany, Morocco and Algiers.
Some of the students were influenced by visual imagery including: synagogue models, Judaica, Ketubas (marriage contracts), musical instruments, Jewish embroidery, dowry chests and family photos. Others were inspired by folklore music and Jewish mysticism (for example the myth of the “Dibbuk”).
The exhibition displays 13 wedding gowns and 1 bridegroom’s outfit. Alongside the comprehensive research studies conducted by the students in the preparation of the gowns, are the sketches representing their inspirations for the design: the sketches record each stage in their progress andinclude drawings and paintings, texts, images and stories from the permanent and temporary exhibition catalogues, patterns, fabrics and embroidery samples. The sketch books describe each stage in the development of the students’ conceptual designs. The ideas and inspirations are expressed in innovatively designed wedding gowns using traditional materials and handmade embroidery.
The exhibition follows an earlier presentation of the gowns during “Gindi Fashion Week” held in December 2012, produced by Motty Reif, member of the Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot.
ON DISPLAY UNTIL 18 APRIL, 2014
Curators: Neta Harel, Ronen Levin
Chief Curator: Dr. Orit Shaham Gover
Designers: Roth-Tevet Shenkar College of Engineering and Design: Ms. Leah Perez, Head of the Fashion Design Department
Design – Mr. Ronen Levin
Technic – Ms. Daliya Cohen Bat-Shimon
Embroidery – Ms. Ziva Seidler
Center for Jewish Art and Life, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The exhibition “Here Comes the Bride”, was initiated by the Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot
This video was created for the 2012 NADAV Foundation Awards event
Director: Shmulik Bachar Nice
Production: Reut Harel and Genie Naim