Photo: Isri Halpern. Design: Menusi-Benoish. Styling: Nurit Bat-Yaar

Photo: Isri Halpern. Design: Menusi-Benoish. Styling: Nurit Bat-Yaar
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Monday, March 29, 2010


Hi, today I have recieved a most touching phone call. The caller Ms. Marcelle Shpigel is the mother of one of Israel most creative talents who passed away at the hight of his international career, still young and as handsome as a Hollywood movies star. His name was Elyakim Shpigel but he was known mostly as Elyakim. Elyakim was a textile designer situated in Paris whose textile designs and hand-painted creations adorned many Haute-Couture gowns. In the 80s there was hardly a Parisian fashion house which didn't offer a hand-painted scarf or gown by Elyakim. Among them were Christian Lacroix while still at Jean Patou, Pierre Cardin, "Dior", Jean-Charles de Castelbazac, and many others. His mom was very excited seeing his portrait in "ISRAEL FASHION ART 1948-2008" realising he hadn't been forgotten. I asked her whether she knew he was in my book 'which is called in Hebrew:
"שיכרון עיצובים - אמנות האופנה בישראל 1948-2008"
prior to purchasing it and she said: "Actually my daughter bought me the book as a present. She saw the book in the store and somehow while leafing through it - it opened right on Elyakim's portrait. She was ovewhelmed with emotion, couldn't help herself, her tears started running down her face while people around her had a hard time figuring what in a fashion book could possibly cause such an emotional outburst".I've told Ms. Shpigel that the picture was taken by my husband against the background of a comic-strip style design he did for Castelbazac when I interviewed Elyakim in his studio in Paris and reminded her that at the time it was on the cover of "Zmanim Modernim" magazine illustrating the cover story I had done about him for "Yedioth Ahronoth". We both recalled how successful he was just before his tragic death from an uncurable disease opening a showroom in Japan, about to conquer the world.... ..

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