Introducing Mark Goldenberg- Winner of Best Design in Fashion (2011) from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Israel. Now that’s something to brag about. The Middle East is not the first place that springs to mind at the mention of ‘Hand Crafted, Artisan Haute Couture’, but after seeing Goldenberg’s graduate collection, ‘Woven Bird’, I have been encouraged to think beyond Paris’ exclusive ateliers. And I like what I see.
Goldenberg’s hands-on, ‘engineered’ approach to fashion is evident within his magnificently crafted creations- he begins with wire silhouettes, treating them as an ‘external skeleton’. His inspirations of taxidermy and birds are evident within the pieces. Goldenberg treats the creation of a garment as a process of adding layers, building slim muscles and ‘feathers’ growing around the skeleton. His addition of often crudely hand-woven lengths in mandarin, lime and cobalt combine beautifully in suggesting both the strength and delicacy of a bird in flight. This painstaking process however does not look ‘crafty’ in its completion. The collection of dresses appears chic, with a hint of playful twenties’ flapper in the fringing. I like.
‘Woven Bird’ has been described as ‘A work of Haute Couture, created entirely at home’. And that is it, in a nutshell. Goldenberg’s next move is translating the spirit of this collection into Ready-To-Wear for his brand ‘1Hundred’. Watch this space folks.