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Here Comes the Bride - Exhibition Opening Night


“Here Comes the Bride - Wedding Gowns Embroidering the Jewish People”

Members of the Diplomatic Corps, community leaders, businessmen, fashion designers models, artists and many other distinguished guests attended the glamorous opening night of the exhibition “Here Comes the Bride” - Wedding Gowns Embroidering the Jewish People”.

On October 9th the exciting and new exhibition was inaugurated at Beit Hatfutsot. Held in the Foyer of the Museum, over 400 Israeli Friends of the Museum and honored guests attended, including the Spanish Ambassador, His Excellency Fernando Carderera and the French Cultural Attaché, Mr. Lionel Choukroun.

This new and unique exhibition was initiated by Mr. Gideon 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.

 “The idea behind this creative exhibition was to promote, in an original and innovative manner, amongst the young generation the fascinating story of the Jewish People as displayed at Beit Hatfutsot”, says Irit Admoni Perlman, Director of Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, who initiated this project together with Board Member Motty Reif.

In a distinctive joint project with Shenkar, Israel’s prestigious school for engineering and design, a special exhibition, “Here Comes the Bride” emerged; combining research into one’s roots with high fashion, dialogue between cultures and art, tradition and modernism, past and future. The inspiration

Fourteen third year students specializing in wedding dress design researched their families’ heritage at Beit Hatfutsot. “You are part of the Story,” the heritage theme of Beit Hatfutsot, became the motto for this course. They learned of the communities, studied their customs, music, and culture, and were inspired to design a distinctive collection of wedding attire using contemporary materials. The impressive collection of dresses express a diverse range of ethnic styles and  traditional customs that were observed in communities residing in Turkey, Spain, Poland, Germany , Morocco, Yemen and others.

This joint project first appeared in the framework of a private fashion exhibition, held during the Tel Aviv Fashion week in December 2012. It received rave reviews and amazing responses from both the media and the public.

The collection includes the stories behind each creation and notes the sources from which the students received their inspiration. The dresses were created using the finest seamstresses, and superior handmade embroidery.

Recently, prestigious museums worldwide have opened their doors to exhibitions on fashion design. Beit Hatfutsot found, that combining high fashion of the next generation of promising young designers, with the fascinating content from which they drew their creative inspiration; the result was a quality product worthy of presentation in an intriguing and exciting exhibit in our gallery.

The exhibit will be held for six months, from October – end of April 2013.

(photos: Sivan Faraj)


Ronen Levin, Irit Admoni Perlman


Gideon Hamburger, Amb. Fernando Carderera


Irina Nevzlin Kogan, Dan Tadmor


Irit Admoni Perlman, Eitan Ben Eliahu


Lea Peretz, Ruti Ofer


Gideon and Hani Hamburger, Lizika and Ami Sagy


Irina Nevzlin Kogan, Karen Berg, Morry Reif, Dan Tadmor


Ronen Levin, Irit Admoni Perlman, Neta Harel


Avi Meshulam, Enia Zeevi Kupfer, Miki Halevi


Keren Gillerman Harel and Janice Gillerman


Irit Admoni Perlman, Raziela Gershon


Gilat Ankori, Sason Kedem, Ronen Levin


Yigal Zemah, Shalom Zeidler


Ziva Lahat, Ziva Zeidler


Gad and Talia Zeevi


Hana Prizan 


Ilan Birenfeld, Amira Baruch, Tal Birenfeld, Eyal Baruch