Exhibition Opening – Dream Weavers
Walking into the opening of the latest new exhibition, “Dream Weavers: From Jewish Tailors to Top Fashion Designers”, one might have mistaken this event at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv, for Paris, Milan, New York or any other international fashion hub across the globe. Some of the guests may have initially appeared to be “competing” with the exhibition, but they didn’t stand a chance.
Over 800 guests, including Israel’s top fashion designers and stylists, attended the glamorous event celebrating Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People as the innovative and dynamic Museum it has become.
The exhibition, curated by Shelly Verthime, illustrates the story of the historically traditional Jewish profession of tailoring, from the last century to the present. It also displays extraordinary designs by some of the leading names in fashion today: Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Diane von Fürstenberg, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors, to mention a few.
The concept of the exhibition – from shtetl tailor to high fashion – is in keeping with the new inclusive approach adopted by Beit Hatfutsot which aims to reveal the Jewish contribution to modern day fashion. Starting with the biblical period, the requirements of shatnez, the limited professions which Jews were allowed to practice, the exhibition puts into perspective the relevance of the Jewish tailor. It follows the mass emigration from Eastern Europe, the rise of the sweatshops and the shmatte trade which insidiously paved the way for today’s fashion industry.
“The exhibition deals with the present, and creates a statement being Jewish is not so bad and Jews are not just ‘oy, vey,’ but also hallelujah”, said Dr.Orit Shaham Gover, Chief Curator.
Several talented designers submitted iconic creations including a dress made by Arnold Scaasi for Barbara Streisand – a dress which even today reflects an unforgettable era. The artistically designed display effectively highlights each of these unique creations. The well thought out layout allowed each guest to feel that they had spent a few precious moments alone with the designer and his creation.
A selection of fashion accessories and a video presentation by Ran Slavin, who was inspired by the dresses, precede the viewer before entering the main gallery of the exhibition.
“Dream Weavers: From Jewish Tailors to Top Fashion Designers “, will be on display through May 17, 2015.