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Exhibition: Fashion Statements. Decoding Israeli Dress

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On show at The Israeli Museum, Jerusalem

Bella and Harry Wexner Gallery, The Israeli Museum, Jerusalem

Based on pioneering research, the exhibition explores the late 19th-century indigenous pre-Zionist “fashion,” the opposing forces of Europeanism and Orientalism that converged in the early decades of the state, and, finally, the place that Israeli creativity holds on the global fashion scene today.

Through a display of clothing, fashion sketches, films, and fashion photography, this large-scale exhibition illustrates the broad scope of fashion in Israel, from its deepest historical roots to contemporary collections, fostering a dialogue about tradition and modernity, myth and reality, and conflicting ideologies.

Presenting a rich, quintessentially local narrative, the exhibition is part of the Israel Museum’s ongoing exploration of this region’s cultural landscape.

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