Hagar Alembik is the Head-Designer of her namesake brand, Alembika.
Since completing her studies at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design’s Fashion Department in the late 1980s, Alembik has been one of the most prominent fashion designers in Israel.
By Alembika Author
Since completing her studies at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design’s Fashion Department in the late 1980s, Alembik has been one of the most prominent fashion designers in Israel, defining local couture through her work: a combination of soft, flowing fabrics appropriate for the local climate with an eclectic color and texture scheme reminiscent of Israeli street style. In recent years she has marketed her work successfully around the world, enjoying good fortune after a difficult period that took place when she was pushed out by Hagara, the brand she’d previously founded.
MIXING HER DAUGHTER’S CHILDHOOD DRAWINGS WITH FAMOUS WORKS OF ART, DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM HER FATHER’S SCULPTURES – HAGAR’S HOME
Hagar raised her daughter as a single mother. Hagar started her fashion education at 30, raising her single daughter Lee while going to school. “I was the oldest student in class. Everyone was in their early 20s and I already had a 2nd grader at home, Lee would join me for a full school day in Shenkar right after she finished her school. It was quite an experience for both of us.“
Hagar’s father, Emanuel HaZofe, was a well known sculpture who took his daughter around the world to absorb and learn art. Today, Hagar’s designs sculpt onto the woman’s body, just as her father’s sculptures became an integral part of the Israeli landscape. Her molding and workings of fabric are a reflection of sculpting as much as her father’s chiseled metal.
“I only realized I wanted to become a fashion designer at a relatively older age. I was already a mother by then. This was always clear to me and it was only during my studies in Shenkar that I realized just how much it truly meant to me” Says Hagar “Only after we were given fabrics to work with and asked to dream of how to shape it into some silhouette, into clothes, only then it started really burning in me.”