How Israeli History Affects Israeli Fashion

Author: Angel Cutsforth

Keeping up with the Israeli history theme, here’s a great post with good timing from my good friend Angel Cutsforth, vintage expert and blogger for Modern Vintage Girl. Let’s hear her opinion on clothes in Israel’s past.

I was talking to a friend about Israeli buyers for international brands and in particular Mango. She had just returned from a trip in Europe and was shocked at how the Mango in Israel didn’t stock the items that had a 1950’s or earlier inspiration point. Last winter while the catwalks where swarming with 1940’s influences, Israeli buyers and designers decided to take the 1980’s take on the 1940’s as their reference point. This season it seems that the 1970’s boho vibe is being taken instead of the 1950’s full sweater girl look.

After reading about world fashion history a bit more and looking at how different aspects of our world affect fashion, I have to say that I think that there is a social reason for the difference in choices for Israeli buyers. Until the mid 1960’s there was no sure sense of stability. The people of Israel had been refugees working the land building a country or soldiers. After the mid 1960’s the Israeli population expanded and the country started having it’s own cultural and socio-political reference points.

Esther and Avi Ofarim, 1960. Photo: Image Bank / Getty Image

During the 1960’s and 1970’s, as Simona mentioned in her last post, Israeli designers and hand woven fabrics were huge in the world fashion arena. I feel that the mid 1960’s styles represent Israeli repression, war and instability. In such a young country, it isn’t a surprise that these connections could cause people to look to happier times and what they know.


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