Mar 21, 2017 | By Marian Park
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Earlier this year, Business of Fashion announced its rankings for the most influential fashion schools in the world. Among them, the usual suspects: think Parsons, Central Saint Martins, Fashion Institute of Technology and London College of Fashion, and an unlikely contestant, Shenkar College based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The school is generally overlooked within the industry despite producing notable alumni such as Alber Elbaz of Lanvin and Kobi Halperin of Elie Tahari. Led by Leah Peretz (Head of Fashion Design at Shenkar) students are encouraged to blend both the conceptual and technical aspects of design during their four-year undergraduate studies tapping the engineering and art department for interdisciplinary courses.
We caught up with a handful of the students showing at Gindi Tel Aviv Fashion Week last week to get a snapshot on all things social media, shopping and studying in the Middle East. In a five-part series, we’ll introduce you to the next wave of designers learning their craft at Shenkar – starting today with Shahar Avnet…
Name: Shahar Avnet
Inspiration for your student collection: During fashion week three of my outfits were shown. The first pink outfit inspiration is a mix of three of my internal world: Germany during the 1920s, Yemen culture and the movie Fantasia 2000 by Walt Disney. The other was my Instagram outfit inspired by my life through photos on my account as an metaphoric map.
What do you love about Shenkar? Last summer I was sent by Shenkar to work as a fashion design intern in London, working with local fashion designers to help me build confidence, skills and knowledge I’ve acquired during my studies.
How important is social media when designing your collection? I believe social media helps me both in the inspiration stage as well as getting my work to many different social groups as possible.
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