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Gal Benjamin
Fashion Design BDes

Shenkar

Graduates: 2022

Specialisms: Menswear / Atelier - Pattern Cutting / Genderless

My location: Tel Aviv, Israel

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Gal Benjamin

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First Name: Gal

Last Name: Benjamin

University / College: Shenkar

Course / Program: Fashion Design BDes

Graduates: 2022

Specialisms: Menswear / Atelier - Pattern Cutting / Genderless

My Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

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Gal Benjamin, 24 years old, currently living in Tel Aviv, Israel. IBDP - Prem Tinsulanonda International School, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2016) BD in Fashion Design - Shenkar College, Ramat Gan, Israel. Graduated in July 2022.

Gal Benjamin / 'Alexithymia'

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Although Generation Z is the first to be exposed to such a wide and varied definition of masculinity, there is an inevitable burden carried by Generation Z boys and young men raised by men belonging to older generations, to whom masculinity has been characterized by heterosexuality, stoicism, athleticism, sexual activity, and overall dominance, resulting in the unconscious notion that expressing emotion or any empathy undermines their male identity. “Men who had been discouraged as boys in expressing and talking about their emotions showed difficulty in identifying and expressing emotions throughout their lives which has been termed as Normative Male Alexithymia” (Levant, 2011). My visual research includes a combination of distinctly stereotypical masochistic worlds of motorsport, and as a contrast, the works of Pierre Solage and Hans Hartong, pioneers in the genre of lyrical abstraction, characterized by free, emotional and personal compositions that are unrelated to objective reality. My designs are made using advanced pattern cutting and sewing techniques in leather, emphasizing zero waste techniques as well as items designed with consideration and sewn fully from leather leftovers, one of a kind woven-knitwear (wool and silk threads knit woven with leather threads). The narrow silhouette plays with the proportions of the male body, exposing and hiding parts of the male body, allowing authentic masculine freedom to self expression.