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Brief Published: 26 Feb 2016

Boi Kalah: Threading Narratives, NYC

Boi Kalah: Here Comes the Bride
Boi Kalah: Here Comes the Bride
Boi Kalah: Here Comes the Bride

Boi Kalah: Here Comes the Bride at New York’s Bernard Museum of Judaica within Temple Emanu-El, is the first exhibition to celebrate the global heritage of Jewish people within contemporary fashion, telling cultural narratives through 12 wedding dresses and one groom’s outfit.

Fashion design students at Israel’s Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and Art were encouraged to explore their own families’ histories as well as the displays and archives of Tel Aviv’s Beit Hatfutsot Museum of the Jewish People in order to create contemporary gowns based on their research.

Music forms the inspiration for Adi Bakshi’s gown, drawing on the intricate form of the instruments played by the orchestra of Kuwait-born musicians Saleh and Daoud Al Kuwait. Another gown, by Chen Ariel Nachman, takes its lead from the Etz Hayim (the Tree of Life) and features sculptural rope-like trims adorned with beading and lace. A delicate embroidered bodice also references latticework from the oldest synagogue in Salonika, Greece, where Nachman’s family hail from.

Running until June 16 2016, the exhibition taps into the consumer desire for an enhanced sense of heritage and narrative in products. This theme is further explored in Monetising Brand Heritage, Brands Behaving Authentically pt.2, Fred Perry Store Harnesses Heritage and The Value of 'Made In'. For more on national crafts, see Hijacking Heritage in New-Era Luxury.