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Museum needs David Bowie’s gown for exhibit on UK Jews in trend


JTA — David Bowie, Greta Garbo and Sean Connery weren’t Jewish. However among the clothes they made well-known—Bowie’s clothes, Garbo’s hats and the tuxedo Connery donned as James Bond—all had Jewish creators.

A London museum is making an attempt to assemble a few of these items of clothes for an exhibit on the affect that London’s immigrant communities had on the British trend business.

The Museum of London Docklands paperwork the town’s historical past as a port city, telling the tales of those that arrived on the River Thames, from African slaves introduced via the Atlantic slave commerce to the lots of Jewish immigrants who got here within the late 1800s fleeing persecution in Japanese Europe.

Like their co-religionists who arrived in New York, a lot of these Jews discovered themselves within the garment business after immigrating.

“Jewish folks had been working in any respect ranges of the style business in London all through the 20th century however the extent of their contribution has been extensively unrecognized,” trend curator Lucie Whitmore mentioned in a press release from the museum.

“Jewish makers established the ready-to-wear business, labored their approach into the best ranges of London trend and dominated Carnaby Road within the swinging sixties. Many of those designers had been internationally well-known — favored by the wealthy and well-known and extremely revered for his or her creativity, talent, and originality. It is a contribution that deserves to be acknowledged.”

Beginning in October and working till April 2024, the museum will host an exhibit titled “Vogue Metropolis: How Jewish Londoners Formed World Fashion.”

To fill out the gathering, nevertheless, they’ve put out a public name for assist in gathering notable artifacts created by Jewish designers reminiscent of Mr Fish (born Michael Fish), Cecil Gee, Otto Lucas, the Rahvis sisters and Madame Isobel (Isobel Spevak Harris). The assertion states the museum is on the lookout for “menswear items…worn by well-known names reminiscent of David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Muhammad Ali and Michael Caine,” together with “members of The Beatles,” by March 1.

Fish produced a few of Britain’s most iconic Nineteen Sixties and 70s trend designs, such because the extensive kipper tie. Cecil Gee started his profession within the Nineteen Thirties and designed the “Demob Swimsuit” — brief for demobilization — which was granted to British troopers by the military after their launch from World Struggle II service. Raemonde and Dora Rahvis had been two South African-born Jewish sisters who after emigrating to London turned among the first outstanding costume designers within the British movie business.

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