Recently The fashion design department at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, has been ranked 20th among the world’s top 50 fashion schools by the international association of fashion designs schools.

This year 32 graduates from the department of fashion design exhibit their final work in the traditional Alumni catwalk.

A minute before they step outside to conquer the fashion world, we had a chance to meet these young inspired designers, so keep an eye on them and remember where you first heard about them- we are throughly impressed!

Keren Yaar | No Mind

Keren’s luxe fabrics and craftsmanship was stellar. She weaved chains with wool into white leather that resembled her inspiration of Japanese samurai armor. She managed to combine this with white leather into a soft wearable ornate sweater. On top of that, she designed her own leather shoes.

Want to know more about Keren? Click here!

Sarine Zaken | Inter Bacteria Communication (Eco Couture)

Jaws dropped in disbelief as this one was explained! That ornate pattern on the collar is bacteria folks (Paenibacillus vortex)- and it’s communicating. Yeah you read that right. They survive by communicating to each other and blue dye reveals their secret chemical “twitter” to the world- the fashion world.

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Hila Vardi | Tabaimo

Inspired by Japanese video artist Tabaimo, whose art contains the themes of isolation, contagion, and instability that seem to lurk beneath daily existence in contemporary Japan. Hila sought to touch on that fine line as well in modern day Japan by touching on their society’s willingness to preserve tradition and also embrace globalization. The garments combine traditional handwork with modern techniques to create a cross between 2D and 3D. We found the dress flow-y, etherial, and something we’d love to slip into!

Dafna Pilossof | Inert Material

Dafna created this masterpiece out of sustainable material, such as old leather jackets that can no longer be worn. Some laser cut out goodness and tailoring go a long way! Inspired by the Porcelain vessels of the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, by Japanese artist Keiko Nakamura. This final project granted Dafna Pilossof the Fini Leitersdorf award of 50,000 NIS, Respect!

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Lee Kodo | Shavuot in the Kibbutz

You can’t see the detail from the photo but there are little toy tractor tires in there painted and blended into the foilage at the neckline. What a creation inspired by the Israeli holiday “Shavuot” known for the harvest in which Israelies celebrate with cheesecake and wine and wearing white of course. We wanted to steal her tactile inspiration book.

Want to know more about Lee? Click here!

Mor Raz | Nat’u’real

By investigating the perception of nature in the modern-urban world, Mor Raz used familiar items such as Nordic sweater, coats, and knitted snow flakes into artificial and animated nature. We fell in love with these fun, wearable items!

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Karin Leikovich | Boundaries of Control

Karin combined traditional techniques and advanced 3D software to create shapes that slice the body into layers of industrial felt. The results created a new technique for creating a garment, and the silhouette reminds us a topographic map of the body.

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Shir Dor | The Broken Line

These crystal candy cage creations were inspired by beautiful mineral crystals. Shir managed to accomplish this in the new textile garment, as well for a sparkling couture creation that looked sweet enough to eat!

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Lee Grebenau | Fragile Blossom

Art nouveo inspired masterpieces had transported our minds to a fairytale movie where the main heroine would stand wind blowing in her hair, in one of these blossoming gowns. This final project is dealing with the connection between the glass artist René Lalique that was inspired by Japanese motives such as the cherry blossom and the ballet dancer Loïe Fuller, that developed new dancing style that was drawn from the traditional Geisha dancing.

Want to know more about Lee? Click here!

Shira Galon | Dimension Figure

Shira experimented with extreme play on proportion. Shira choose to focuse on the dialog between 2D and 3D, and between shape and print. The textile print was to die for and inspired by Japanese Kimono prints which normally is decorated with nature depict that are flatted to 2D.

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Anouck Gotlib | Urban Blossom

Belgium born Anouck sought to bring her vision of a New York City night into this stunning cocktail dress. Her intricate use of abstract fabric patterns played off each other to create the final vision. Her inspiration to her project is leaning on the American artist, Gregory Euclide, The ‘Urban Blossom’ referring to the nature appearance in the city. We wish her all the luck in the world as she head out to NYC to start the next chapter.

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Noa Gur | Bare Secret

Noa’s work focused on uncovering parts of the body and at the same time covering up- a very sexy play on baring parts less commonly bared. Her work was inspired from the German artist Gerhard Richter, whose work constantly shifts from realism to abstract. This gown is so couture, yet so wearable as well.

Want to know more about Noa? Click here!

This year we were so happy to see strong menswear designers, because our fashion scene is lacking. We were really impressed by:

Anna Fishbein | Eliezer Ben‑Yehuda: The Intellectual Pioneer

Anna’s collection was inspired by Eliezer Ben‑Yehuda, known for reviving the Hebrew language. This project is trying to express the integration between Ben-Yehuda’s urban-bourgeois identity towards that of pioneer when he immigrated to present day Israel. Her design winks to the early 1900’s but are firmly rooted in modern day aesthetics.

Anat Kochba | Under My Gene

Anat’s final project inspiration was drawn from the movie The Skin I Live In by the Spanish film directer Pedro Almodóvar. The movie deals with the identity debate that the masculine body is turning towards the feminine. Anat chose to breakdown and rebuild the dosages between male and female by using the fascinating collage by Argentinian artist Juan Gatti, inspired from old anatomy and botanical books.

Want to have one of those one of a kind beauties?

Where: Shenkar High Instituted of Design | 8 Yeda Am, Ramat Gan (162-163 gallery)

what: The Alumni Final Projects

When: 18-31 July, 2012
Sunday-Thursday 10.00-21.00
Friday 10.00-13.00

For more info: Shenkar Official Website

Photography by: Ron Kedmi

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