Last updated July 10th 2017
Jan Chodorwicz, a Tel Aviv based fashion designer and fourth year design student at Shenkar, recently presented Telavivian with his graduate collection titled Nedudim.
Nedudim means ‘wanderings’ in Hebrew, and is inspired by the designer’s own encounters—traveling between Poland, Zimbabwe, Syria and Israel. Moving from one place to another requires developing new identities, while retaining those from past experiences and places. Incorporating this ‘out-of-place’ concept into the premise of style, Chodorwicz first recognized it as it was applied to modern architecture—where, for example, a style that was developed in Europe can be transplanted to areas in the Middle East or Africa.
Chodorwicz now turns this idea into fashion and incorporates it brilliantly into his latest collection—challenging traditional rules of tailoring by creating new proportions, opening up his fabrics and giving the pieces new freedom. Taking material out of its traditional context leads to a hybrid look, where fabrics of the West and decorative silks of the East meet—and while the pieces are designed in Tel Aviv, they are made in Warsaw, where the cross-cultural dialogue continues.
Photo credit: Magdalena Kozicka