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Nudie Cohn, Glittery Jewish Tailor to Elvis and the Grand Ole Opry

By On May 4, 2017

Something interesting started happening, fashion-wise, among America’s country music stars of the ‘60s and ‘70s. It seemed anyone who took the stage at the Grand Ole Opry—from Hank Williams to Gram Parsons—was… Read More

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Lane Bryant Was a Jewish Orphan From Lithuania Before She Became a Household Name

By On May 2, 2017

In 1897, a 16-year-old Jewish orphan from Lithuania named Lena Himmelstein arrived in New York City and found work in a sweatshop for $1 a week. After her first husband, David Bryant, died at… Read More

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Immigrant Jews Created Preppy High Fashion

By On April 3, 2017

Ever wonder why your grandfather loves that coral-colored polo so? It might be because Jews, as demonstrated by a snappy new video from the fashion magazine Racked, had a hand and a presser-foot in… Read More

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The Jewish Woman Who Changed Fashion Photography Forever

By On July 12, 2016

In an age of airbrushed thighs, selfies, and the fight against female objectification, there is one photographer whose work still feels desperately needed. Lillian Bassman was born in 1917 to Jewish émigrés… Read More

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After 300 Years, Scottish Jews Finally Have a Tartan They Can Call Their Own

By On March 21, 2016

Tartans have been used to distinguish between different clans and tribes in Scotland for over two hundred years, but Jews never had their own–until earlier this century. Though the couple in this… Read More

Buy a Jacket, Remember 6 Million Jews
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Buy a Jacket, Remember 6 Million Jews

By On November 11, 2015

Depending on your taste in humor and your philosophy on Holocaust education, you will either love this or be severely nauseated by it. Nathan Fielder, Canadian Jewish comedian and star of the… Read More

How to Talk to Aliens Like the High Priests Did
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How to Talk to Aliens Like the High Priests Did

By On November 2, 2015

For the high priest who liked to look good while communing with the Lord, the “ephod” was an essential part of the wardrobe. Most mentions of the ephod in the Torah suggest… Read More

The 18-Year-Old Giving Haredi Fashion a Facelift
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The 18-Year-Old Giving Haredi Fashion a Facelift

By On October 12, 2015

Ralph Lauren might have just stepped down as CEO, but have no fear, there’s a new fashion designer who is turning heads. And she’s doing it in Israel’s haredi sector. Her name… Read More

The Jewish Women Who Broke Big Garment’s Back
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The Jewish Women Who Broke Big Garment’s Back

By On October 6, 2015

If on Labor Day you hadn’t already thanked a union for your weekends and overtime, here’s your chance to make amends. This month marks the 106th anniversary of the International Ladies Garment… Read More

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The Auschwitz Survivor Behind Haute Couture

By On June 9, 2015

At the age of 14, Martin Greenfield was uprooted from an idyllic Czechoslovakian childhood and deported to Auschwitz, where the notorious Doctor Mengele separated him from his family. One of his first… Read More

Anti-Semitism Got You Down? Try the Magic Kippah.
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Anti-Semitism Got You Down? Try the Magic Kippah.

By On January 27, 2015

  Last week, the Associated Press reported that, in response to the increasing numbers of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, an Israeli barber has designed yarmulkes that blend in with the wearer’s hair. Called… Read More

The Jew Behind the Monokini
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The Jew Behind the Monokini

By On July 2, 2014

It can’t be said that the Nazis launched many fashion careers, but when, after the Anschluss, Hitler banned nudity in buff-loving Austria, a young Rudi Gernreich may have taken note. Gernreich, who would become famous as the inventor… Read More