Gunhyo Kim – 2008 Collection , was inspired by Antwerp’s Hasidic Jewish community.
The largest ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish Community in Europe lives in Stamford Hill, north London. For three years I attended their annual Purim festival, a holiday celebrating the miracle of Jewish survival. In the Old Testament, Esther is considered a heroine of the Jewish people, and according to the Talmud, the name Esther is derived from the Hebrew word nistar, meaning hidden. So during the carnival atmosphere, children in particular "hide" behind elaborate masks.
No self-respecting Hasid would wear a tight, sharkskin gray suit and, horror of horrors, white shoes with an ill-fitting Borsalino. But that’s the whole point of this loony look, mixing the traditional with the avante garde. Friday Fashion: Hasidic Chic