Garment Industry

Dov Charney, The Play

Oren Safdie’s controversial ‘Unseamly’ probes the dark side of the garment industry.

10/12/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Other than show business, no American industry is as identified with Jews as the garment industry, which employed more than a million Jews at the turn of the 20th century and provided an outlet for the talents of many of the world’s most famous fashion designers at the turn of the 21st. But for playwright Oren Safdie, son of the Israeli architect Moshe Safdie, the clothing industry has a dark underside that exploits and objectifies women.

Gizel Jimenez as Malina, Jonathan Silver as the Dov Charney stand-in, Ira Slatsky, and attorney Adam in scene from “Unseamly.”

The Fabric Of Our Lives

Stitching together a Jewish identity in the garment industry.
Special To The Jewish Week
12/25/2012 - 19:00

He sits there on Seventh Avenue, oblivious to the traffic streaming downtown, to the tourists dashing past him on their way uptown to the Broadway theaters and restaurants.

Immortalized in bronze, the yarmulke-clad Jewish garment worker sits intently with bowed head at his sewing machine in the heart of the old garment district, as if reality has been turned inside out like a piece of clothing and he is ceaselessly stitching the metropolis itself back together.

The needle trade: The statue of the yarmulke-clad garment draws a crowd on Seventh Avenue. michael daTikash
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