An Israeli Fashion Designer Makes a Dazzling Debut

Sahar Shalev
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Dresses from the “Spring Never Comes” collection. Constant motion. Credit: Avi Waldman
Sahar Shalev

If Shir Dor’s small first collection didn’t display such appealing sewing and spirit, one might have been tempted to dismiss her as irrelevant, even after reading the young designer’s impressive biography. Dor, who graduated from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in 2012, has since worked in the Bagir suit department and with Gideon Oberson; she has apprenticed with the renowned milliner Philip Treacy and at the Alexander McQueen fashion house in London, and with Marc Jacobs in New York.

Now she has presented her first collection at the latest Gindi Tel Aviv Fashion Week, as part of the competition for young designers. It consists mainly of dresses to which she has added other accessories. “Dresses are the real essence for me,” she says. “They give the customer what she truly needs.” She adds small jackets and other items of her design to the dresses, to complete the look she is after. Called “Spring Never Comes,” the collection was inspired by the feeling that there are no longer distinct seasons and that everything is in constant motion.

She designed the dresses around the places where the body bends or moves, highlighting leaf patterns with gorgeous sections of embroidery. There’s a clingy mini-dress with beautiful embroidery on the chest, and a maxi dress with added pieces that lend a fashionable outline to the body’s contours. Dor’s architectural minimalism is transformed into a special rococo look with combinations of rich textiles and fabrics. The clothes project a luxurious feeling, as with one dress constructed from rows of silk and 

Besides the dresses, Dor also offers unique puffy jackets composed of two layers: one of rich fabric and the other of white vintage netting that lends a special nostalgic retro feeling. Accessories include a belt with added strips of plisse fabric on either side of the body, which can go with any item in the collection.

Dor is a designer with vision and ambition, and a distinctive voice backed up by precise design that combines art with luxury fashion. She is a designer to be watched. This may be a small collection, but it shows Dor to be one of the most interesting designers now working in Israel.

Prices: NIS 580-1800. Available at the designer’s studio, Hatavor 15, Tel Aviv, and at Barzilay, Banker, Macolet and other shops.