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

Photo: Isri Halpern. Design: Menusi-Benoish. Styling: Nurit Bat-Yaar
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

More Accolades to "Israel Fashion Art": "It's a Treasure"

Hi, in my previous post I was happy to share with you and to thank Prof. Efrat Tseelon for including an article about "Israel Fashion Art"
"שיכרון עיצובים - אמנות האופנה בישראל" in the British Leeds Univ. "Intellect" Journal which she edits but I didn't include
some relevant links. So here they are:
Or the Intellect website,id=2104/

Lea Gottlieb, Gottex 1980. Photo: Nira David Dror. From Israel Fashion Art" album-book by Nurit Bat-Yaar

Since, Passover is around the corner I would like to bring to your attention, that Israel's Egyptian heritage is researched and colorfully represented in the album-book, particularly in the chapter "From Pharoes daughters to President Sadaat Peace Visit" and hence might add a fresh and surprising aspect to the Seder's table. So this is an additional reason to view the book as a holiday gift for yourself and/or your loved ones.

Looking for more reasons? Here are some of the heart-warming responses the book has received for which I thank from the depth of my heart: 

Mimi Ziv, a Shenkar Prof. wrote to me that the book is a treasure 
Yaheli Hashefa  wrote that it is a masterpiece
Luci Zutof: The book is amazing and a must to whomever is interested in culture, fashion or history.
Michal Avissar: It is heavenly

מימי זיו                                                                                                                                                                                  Mimi Ziv, Oct. 31, 2011 Shenkar Prof.                         
נורית יקרה, הצטרפתי לעמוד, הספר שלך הוא אוצר לכל מי שמתעניין באופנה! מכיון שאני מרצה בשנקר ובמכון הטכנולוגי אני גם ממליצה עליו! והבלוג שלך מעניין מאד!שתהיה לך שנה טובה!מכל הלב

אייר סהר       Iyar Sahar, FB.Nov.15,2011                                                 
·                                 נורית? יש לי את הספר שלך "שיכרון עיצובים" ספר מעולה!!!! המון תודה

תמי יעוז כץ  Tami Yeoz Kats, FB. Nov. 16, 2011                                                             
שלום נורית, את הספר כבר יש לי והוא ממש אבן דרך למי שאוהבת אופנה, כמוני....שבת שלום
שירלי לייטר     Shierly Later, FB. Nov. 16, 2011                                                 

נורית, לי כבר יש את הספר :-) ואני ממליצה עליו בחום...באמת זו הנחה יפה ומחיר שווה!

דיאנה מטזיק      Diana Matzik, FB. Nov. 17, 2011                             
נורית ....הספר הנפלא הזה הוא נכס צאן ברזל לתרבות שלנו ועל כך הערכה רבה וגדולה לך.

יהלי השפע    Yahli Hashefa, FB. Nov. 24, 2011                                      
"הספר שלך הוא "masterpiece

לוסי זוטוף         Lucy Zotoff, Fashion blogger, Dec.9, 2011                  
הספר מדהים וחובה לכל מי שמתעניין ולו מעט בהיסטוריה, אופנה ותרבות

Johannes Felten      FB. Dec. 9, 2011                                         ג'והאנס פלטן                                                                      
 היי נורית, קיבלתי את הספר כמתנת יום הולדת וכמובן לא יכולתי להתאפק ופתחתי מיד. אני חי בישראל 30 שנה וכצלם וחובב אופנה אני חייב להגיד שלא ראיתי דבר כזה בישראל עד עכשיו. תענוג לעיניים מבחינה ויזואלית עם צילומים נהדרים על כל תקופותיה של האופנה בארץ ועם מחקר בהחלט רציני ומקיף שמכבד ספר ברמה שכזה. מאד נהניתי לראות גם צילומים שלא הכרתי קודם של רון קדמי ואחרים. שאפו, כל הכבוד, נורית!
שרון מגיד      Sharon Magid, FB. Dec 20, 2011
אין ספק שאת אדם מעניין ומיוחד שהפך לחלק מהיסטוריה התרבותית של העם הניבחר.. את מוסיפה צבע לקשת שכבר קיימת פה מתחילת המאה שעברה. מפעל חיים בהיתגלמותו! מבטיח להמשיך לעיין לקרוא ולהציץ לתוך יצירותיך. יום מקסים שרון
דליה אנקר    
Dalia Anker. FB. Dec. 21, 2011  
"קניתי, איכותי, קלאסי, אופרה אחרת"
                                        מיכל אבישר      Michal Avissar, FB. Dec. 19, 2011   אהבתי מאוד את "שיכרון עיצובים" סקירת אפנה ישראלית !! גן עדן לאישה מעניין

Thank you all so very much. Your responses are most important and dear to me. Happy Holiday!

This is the 17th bunch of responses to the book I'm uploading. The previous ones were posted on  Feb, 20, 2010,on Aug, 3, 2010, on Aug, 13, 2010, on Sept. 16, 2010, on Oct. 6, 2010, on Oct.23, 2010, on Nov. 26, 2010 ,on Dec. 16, 2010, on Jan.2, 2011, on March 16, 2011, on May 20 2011 on June 27, 2011 and on Aug. 1, 2011 posts. Oct. 3, 2011 , Dec. 1, 2011 and on Jan.22, 2012
Responses from the Academy were posted on (May 3, 2010 ), Museum Curators (July 18, 2010), and the Press (June 15, 2010) .
Shimon Peres, Israel's President's so highly appreciated, heart-warming response was posted on Oct. 15, 2010. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

"Israel Fashion Art" in Leeds University' "Intellect" Journal

Rozi Ben-Yosef 1967. Photo: Ben Lam
I am happy to share with you the fact that a book report about "Israel Fashion Art"  "שיכרון עיצובים - אמנות האופנה בישראל" was published this week in the British Leeds University' "Intellect Journal" devoted to Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty".  The article was illustrated by 9 photos from the book, some of which accompany this post.
I apologize for the uneven placement of the article's scanned pages. For some unknown reason
that's the way my home scanner scanned the Journals' pages. I hope the text is readable in spite of the small letters.
Ofra Haza in a Yemenite coins hood. Photo: Moshe Sasson

Lea Gottlieb, Gottex. 1976. Photo Ben Lam.

Fini Leitersdorf, Maskit. 1976. Photo Ben Lam

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Andy Warhole, Bob Dylan, Edie Sedwidge and "Israel Fashion Art" Album-Book

A Pillbox hat and seashell accessories by Dori Scengeri exclusive to
"Israel Fashion Art" book.

Photo: Isri Halpern. Styling: Nurit Bat-Yaar Model: Hani Steiner

Hi,  In my "Israel Fashion Art" album-book  "שיכרון עיצובים - אמנות האופנה בישראל" one of the chapters
is devoted to hats: "From Pioneer Hat to Wonder-Hat". Since I discuss in it not only hats but also
various attitudes towards them such as Actor Charles Laughton's humorous remark in the film "Witness for the Persecution" - I also quoted a couple of lines from poet and Rock star Bob Dylan's song "Leopard-Skin Pill-box Hat" which I thought were quite amusing and inspiring:

[...]Well, you look so pretty in it
Honey, can I jump on it sometime?
[...]You know it balances on your head
Just like a mattress balances
On a bottle of wine....
[...]Well, I saw him
Makin’ love to you
You forgot to close the garage door
You might think he loves you for your money
But I know what he really loves you for
it’s your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat...

Only recently did I discover who Dylan wrote this song about: 1965's "It Girl""Edie" Sedgwick (1943 – 1971) who was an American actress, socialite, fashion model and heiress. She is best known for being one of Andy Warhol's superstars. Sedgwick became known as "The Girl of the Year" in 1965 after starring in several of Warhol's short films in the 1960s. She was dubbed an "It Girl" while Vogue magazine also named her a "Youthquaker". And according to author Truman Capote she was everything pop-artist Warhol wanted to be.

I find it quite exciting to discover "new" additional cultural links/associations to the book.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A sculptural newspaper dress by Shir Dor & Roi Gadasi from the exhibit "The materials out of which words are made" of Haaretz and Shenkar. Photo: Tami Dahan

Hi, Recently I have attended several exhibitions which relate in one way or another to my album-book
"Israel Fashion Art" שיכרון עיצובים - אמנות האופנה בישראל"                                              

An 1982 creation by Maskit modeled by Tami Ben-Ami.. Photo: Mula Eshet

At the opening of a photography exhibition in the Ramat Aviv Mall I've met an old friend - this 1982 photo of Israel's top-model Tami Ben-Ami (in a "Maskit" outfit) by Mula Eshet from my book "Israel Fashion Art" "שיכרון עיצובים - אמנות האופנה בישראל". Another old friend was an image of international top-model Michaela Bercu (in a Bagir suit) by Yaki Halperin from the exhibition "Glamor Glimpses - Fashion Photography in a Mirror of a Century"
"הבזקי זוהר - צילום אופנה בראי המאה" which I was invited to curate by The Israel Museum of Photography in Tel-Hai and which opened the millennium in the Museum.
At another exhibit by photographer Mula Eshet I discovered a photo of my very dear friend Alber Elbaz who wrote an introduction to my book. In the photograph Alber (who celebrated yesterday a decade as Lanvin's designer) is seen during his students days several months or a year after I had first met him.
Last week I attended a very unique exhibit "The Materials from which Words are Made" held by Haaretz newspaper in which all the designs exhibited were created by Shenkar students out of old Haaretz newspapers.  The exhibit was initiated by the newspaper's cultural supplement "Galleria"'s editor Lisa Peretz. 
How does it correspond with my book? In the book's chapter "Talking Clothes" I explored the sources of the use of words in fashion as well as in art, referring, among other cultural experiences,  to Picasso's and Braque's use of newspapers in their 1913's collages and to Elsa Schiaparelli's use of newspaper prints in her 1930's fashion. In another chapter about knits I mentioned architect & artist Neta Dor who in 2005 knitted one of her creations from folded strips of.... Haaretz newspaper.