Giving the country a dressing-down

“Fashion Statements” serves as a time-tunnel guide to the country’s sociopolitical and cultural evolution

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July 12, 2018 18:47
Contemporary local designers marry cutting-edge technology with traditional handicrafts

Contemporary local designers marry cutting-edge technology with traditional handicrafts. (photo credit: ELIE POSNER)

 
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In London, back in the Swinging Sixties, British pop group The Kinks released a tongue-in-cheek number called “Dedicated Follower of Fashion.” It was a not-so-gentle swipe at the British fashion scene of the day, and mod culture in general although, surprisingly, the industry aficionados and patrons came to like the song.

The Kinks’ single came out in 1966, at a time when London, with its thriving polychromic madcap Carnaby Street scene, was considered to be where it was really at. Meanwhile, pre-Six Day War Israel was basically little more than a backwater of contemporary Western culture, with not much in the way of envelope-pushing garment design.

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