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Future fashion designers swap scissors for software and sustainability

  • February 28, 2024

“Fashion students used to be very technophobic,” Shenkar College of Engineering and Design fashion design department lecturer Gilly Bahat-Eshkol tells ISRAEL21c.

It’s understandable that budding designers relish the tactile experience of handling textiles and sewing physical samples.

But in a world where textile production and waste are monumental polluters and shipping is expensive, polluting and unreliable, the art of creating apparel has by necessity gone digital. 

Gen Z fashion students, says Bahat-Eshkol, are loving the infinite innovations that digital design tools afford them while making patternmaking, rendering and sampling more sustainable and environmentally friendly. 

They will enter the workforce fully familiar with tools such as lifelike avatars enabling them to visualize an outfit in 3D in a variety of colors, materials and sizes — avoiding the need for multiple samples to be sewed and shipped from China.

Here’s a look at how three Israeli fashion-design departments are using Israeli and other technologies to prepare their students for entering an industry that increasingly demands dexterity in digital design.

Zero waste

Shenkar’s fashion design department, led by Ilan Beja, acquaints students with technologies that allow them to minimize or avoid cutting and producing outfits before the design is approved. 

Among the Israeli companies whose technologies have been used in Shenkar fashion-design courses are Kornit Digital to reduce use of water and print only what is needed; Optitex for digital patternmaking; and Browzwear for 3D “concept to clothing” digital design.

Shenkar student May Sonego’s digital design. Photo courtesy of Gilly Bahat Eshkol
Shenkar student May Sonego’s digital design. Photo courtesy of Gilly Bahat Eshkol

Bahat-Eshkol and technology coordinator Ana Solo launched their “Zero Waste 3D” fashion design course, merging design and technology, for second-year Shenkar students even before the pandemic, which further contributed to technological global shifts.

Shenkar Fashion Design Department senior lecturer and technology coordinator Ana Solo, left, and Shenkar Fashion Design Department lecturer and designer Gilly Bahat Eshkol wearing digital garments. Photo courtesy of Gilly Bahat Eshkol
Shenkar Fashion Design Department senior lecturer and technology coordinator Ana Solo, left, and Shenkar Fashion Design Department lecturer
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The New Designers To Watch (and Shop!) From Copenhagen Fashion Week

  • August 12, 2023

On a rainy Tuesday afternoon, the spring 2024 season of Copenhagen Fashion Week began at the Design Museum, where Danish designer A. Roege Hove presented a collection of structured, modern knitwear made with a near zero-waste production technique. The show opened with a sheer, white top embellished with silver beads that is part of the brand’s new partnership with century-old Danish design brand Georg Jenson. One might say that this particular garment—a sustainably made piece from an emerging designer who is paying homage to Denmark’s history—is emblematic of Copenhagen Fashion Week and its emerging talent.

An emphasis on sustainability and Danish design heritage are apparent in every detail of the five-day extravaganza. Presenting designers are required to meet sustainability guidelines set forth by the organization of Copenhagen Fashion Week in order to show. Plant-based materials, waste-reduction techniques, and paired-back collections prove that the city’s approach to fashion is not merely a marketing tactic. Meanwhile, the personal narratives behind each collection reveal dedication to the growing design community in Copenhagen. The city’s established brands—such as Cecilie Bahnsen, Saks Potts, and of course the #GanniGirls—may have paved the way for Copenhagen-based designers, but a new cohort of talent sets forth a fresh perspective on Scandi-girl style each season.

Although this year’s emerging designers run the gamut in terms of aesthetics, their shared sustainability ethos, appreciation for wearable clothing, and approach to storytelling make their distinct collections feel cohesive. Among the designers that presented their spring 2024 shows this season, here are the ones to watch, and shop, now.

Mark Kenly Domino Tan, Spring 2024, Photo Courtesy of Andrea Adriani

After fine-tuning his skills at Dior, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen, designer Mark Kenly Domino Tan set out to create his eponymous brand with an emphasis on tailoring and textiles in 2014. In the

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Antoine Verglas Opens Up About His Journey Of Being A Fashion Photographer

  • April 26, 2023

The French born, turned NYC living artist has shot some of the biggest names in fashion and he’s not done yet

The fashion industry is one of the most versatile industries. It’s also inclusive of skills. If you’re business oriented there’s a place for you in the business side of a brand, publications, or agency. If you’re creative then you’ll find a place as a creative director, designer, photographer, make-up artist, or hair stylist. If you’re gifted with words, you’ll find a place in editorial. If you’re relational in nature and can make things happen then public relations is your place, and if you’re into law then brands will find you of benefit as their legal counsel. The fashion industry is a well-oiled machine for just about any skill, where one will find their place.

When you sit and talk with insiders you will often hear that photographers are some of the highest paid arm in the industry. They also have an exciting role, getting to travel to exotic locations, meeting inspiring models, forming relations with respected brands, while being able to be the head of their own business. Television host turned fashion photographer Antoine Verglas has a had a successful career as fashion photographer the past thirty plus years. He opens up about his journey and what it takes to be a photographer.

How fashion photography happened

Everyone is gifted with at least one thing that they are good at, something that it doesn’t take effort and that comes naturally, that’s sparked by deep passion and talent. When a person discovers that thing, it’s a freeing and revelatory moment. Verglas was born in France and studied at E.S.C., a prestigious business school in the country. Those early days of his career

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