Here Comes the Bride – Now on display in New York
TWELVE GOWNS ONE UNIFIED THREAD
“Here Comes the Bride: Wedding Gowns Embroidering a Jewish Story” is an original exhibition that showcases twelve haute couture wedding gowns. Each unique gown sheds light on the distinct traditions and customs of various Jewish communities, including those of Yemen, Poland, Iraq, Greece and Germany, to name a few. After being well-received during its ten-month run in Tel Aviv, this one-of-a-kind collection is now on display in New York’s Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica at Temple Emanu-El’s Skirball Center.
Brought to you by the Israeli Friends of Beit Hatfutsot in partnership with the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, this exhibition is the outcome of a unique project that integrates Jewish heritage and present-day fashion, sparking a dialogue at the forefront of culture, art, tradition and contemporary life. The result of this ambitious effort is a spectacular mosaic of sensational bridal gowns reflecting Jewish cultural and familial traditions from around the world. Just as the threads of these extraordinary creations bind together various Jewish experiences, this exhibition weaves individuals from disparate origins together in a shared Jewish heritage.
In attendance at the opening of this exhibition were local leaders, artists and a number of designers who highlight the impact Israelis have made on world fashion. Ambassador Ido Aharoni congratulated the designers, inspiring the next generation to design the future of the Jewish people.
Dr. Orit Shaham Gover, Beit Hatfutsot’s Chief Curator, spoke of the singularity of the renewed Museum of the Jewish People which will celebrate Jewish culture and creativity. “The Jewish story is vast and extensive – covers 4,000 years of history, numerous nations, and holds a dialogue with most cultures of western civilization. The new Core Exhibition cannot encompass it all. Temporary Exhibitions such as “Here Comes the Bride,” fill in the missing links and allow us to zoom into specific narratives”.
Shula Bahat, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot of America, focused her remarks on the multi-dimensional role of Beit Hatfutsot and its evolution into a unique global educational and cultural center which is accessible online. The Museum’s main venue in Tel Aviv and other venues, apropos the Skirball Center, are open to millions of people worldwide who seek to learn about the Jewish people. Bahat also emphasized the universal resonance of the Jewish experience.
“Here Comes the Bride: Wedding Gowns Embroidering a Jewish Story” is on display through June 2016.
Six gallery talks and two musical programs related to the exhibition will be held during its display. For more information contact The American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot at [email protected] or 212.339.6034.