Hi, On the occasion of Shenkar's 40th anniversary, Michal Levi, "Yedioth Ahronoth"'s fashion writer devoted a major article to the fashion college's most successful graduates. Since many of them are featured in
"שיכרון עיצובים - אמנות האופנה בישראל 1948-2008"
She was kind enough to consult with me as to the ones which should be included in the best graduates list choosing their designs' photos from the book's very wide selection.
"The one who followed Shenkar's thousands of students throughout the years is Nurit Bat-Yaar, "Yedioth Ahronoth"'s former mythic journalist who marked the most talented students who in time became famed international designers.", writes Michal Levi, "many of them are featured in her book "Israel Fashion Art" which documents Israel's fashion throughout the ages. Together we created the list of graduates who made it to the top". Among the ones known internationally listed in the article is Lanvin's Alber Elbaz. "In her book Nurit Bat-Yaar describes how she noticed his talent manifested in the fashion illustrations Elbaz showed her 30 years ago when he was still a soldier". Regarding Koby Halperin (who is also featured in the book) Michal writes: "In 1998, Nurit Bat-Yaar marked Kobi Halperin's final collection as one of the most noteworthy of his class. Starting 1999, he has been heading the design department of Eli Tahari."
Among my other discoveries who left their mark were Zuri Gueta, Victor Bellaish, Yaron Minkowski, and Yossi Katsav who are all featured in the book as well as in the article. Pictures of Shenkar's graduates' designs who made it from the book to the article are (from top) London's Avshalom Gur, recycled design (taken by Ean Gilet), Clodette Zorea's design (photo: Rami Zarneger) who got her an offer from Gaultier, and Yaron Minkowski's creation (photo: Eldad Maestro) made from flea-market Bucharian embroidered table cloth which made it to Eurovision.