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Israeli fashion designer Liraz Cohen to speak – URI News

KINGSTON, RI – November 10, 2022 — Fashion says a lot about a nation and a society. Liraz Cohen, a fashion designer from Israel, will speak at the University of Rhode Island on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

Cohen’s talk will take place in the Hope Room of the Higgins Welcome Center, 45 Upper College Road on the Kingston campus. Cohen’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, will feature glimpses of Israeli culture illustrated with fashions modeled by URI students.

Cohen, a fashion blogger and stylist, is being brought to campus by the University of Rhode Island Hillel with support from the URI College of Business, the URI Multicultural Student Service Center, Congregation Beth David of Narragansett, the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and the Consulate General of Israel in New England.

Cohen studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has spoken at universities around the world on topics such as Israeli politics, religion, technology, and fashion. At URI, she will take audiences on a journey through decades of Israeli Haute Couture with the use of props, video, audio, photography and live models. Cohen will discuss the influence of immigrants on Israeli fashion and the role feminism and kibbutz life have played in creating a signature style.

Katelyn Luster, a student of textiles, fashion merchandising and design, who will be one of the student models, is excited about Cohen’s visit. “Liraz also comes to speak in my ‘Culture, Dress and Appearance’ class. This is a phenomenal opportunity for my fellow students to hear from someone who works in the industry and learn how a country’s culture influences their fashion.”

Visit the URI event calendar to find the event and registration link.

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