Israeli Fashion Designer Wins for High-flying Ideas

Mark Goldenberg, a 27-year-old graduate of the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design, takes two titles at a prestigious Italian fashion competition.

Haaretz Staff
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A graduate of Shenkar School of Engineering and Design has garnered two awards in the Italian fashion competition, ITS. The annual competition, sponsored by the label Diesel, which focuses on young graduates of fashion schools, awarded the prizes to 27-year-old Mark Goldenberg, who finished his studies last year.

Goldenberg won the Vogue Talents Award for accessories he designed and the Avery Dennison Brand Innovation Award. The themes of his collection, Goldenberg said, were aeronautics, the human desire to fly and people’s first attempts to do so.
And Goldenberg is no stranger to taking flight. Last year, he won the Outstanding Graduate Award and an internship with the American designer Diane von Furstenberg in New York.

The award is yet another affirmation of Shenkar's rising prominence in the fashion industry. In April, Shenkar's fashion department took the number 20 spot on a list of the world's top 50 fashion schools compiled by FS, the international association of fashion design schools.

In compiling their rankings, the FS judges wrote, "The Shenkar College of Engineering and Design is one of the industry's best-kept secrets. Its off-the-beaten-path location is surely the main contributor to its secrecy, but has turned out some innovative and successful designers, like Alber Elbaz, Kobi Halperin and Nili Lotan."

According to the fashion blog fashionista.com, Shenkar is even higher in the style stakes. The site, which took first place at this year's Bloglovin' Awards, put Shenkar firmly in the top 15 design schools worldwide.

Shahar Goldenberg, an Israeli fashion designer, is seeing his career take flight.Credit: David Bachar
The designer with a few of his creations.Credit: David Bachar

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