When I found a historical Jewish fashion article today I instantly added the Jewish Museum in Manhattan to my list. The new exhibit called “Veiled Meaning: Fashioning Jewish Dress” will be on display from November 3 to March 18. The collection represents the styles of clothing worn in various countries including Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and Yemen. According to the website:
Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem will focus on how clothes balance the personal with the social, how dress traditions distinguish different Jewish communities, and how they portray Jewish and secular affiliations within a larger societal context.
Check out the article and the Museum website to see the gallery of clothing if you can’t visit the exhibit.
When the Israel Museum put a burka-style garment on display in an exhibition on Jewish clothing, some visitors were confused: What does a full-body cloak associated with Islam have to do with Jewish fashions? A lot, it turns out.
Opening November 2017, the first comprehensive U.S. exhibition drawn from The Israel Museum’s world-renowned collection of Jewish costumes showcases over 100 articles of clothing from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, arranged as complete ensembles or shown as stand-alone items. A sumptuous array of apparel from over 20 countries on four continents offers an exceptional opportunity for American audiences to view many facets of Jewish identity and culture through rarely seen garments.