||When Emanuel Jeremy Gershfeld, the classical musician, plays the
viola, he experiences the sound as color, texture, form, and movement.
Emanuel Gershfeld (EG), the designer and artist, seeks to translate
these qualities into his fashion and original art.
In designing fashion, Gershfeld also draws inspiration from women
themselves, and in particular, the styles of fashionable women
he observes all over the country, from the art galleries of SoHo
to Chicagos Magnificent Mile. He enjoys seeing women who, without
compromising their style, appear to feel comfortable and move
with a chic elegance.
Drawing from his artistic and musical background, Gershfeld believes
that a sense of architecture, rhythm, harmony, and melodic line
is elemental to designing fashion. How fashion looks on a woman
depends on how well it fits (architecture), how it feels texturally
(rhythm), how it drapes or follows curves (harmony), and how beautiful
the fabric looks (melody). EG employs up-to-date, elegant fabrics,
many of which incorporate stretch Lycra to enhance comfort and
fit. Buying fashion is fun, but if its uncomfortable to wear,
even if it is beautiful, the clothes are going to sit in your
closet. If the fashion is both beautiful and comfortable, youll
want to wear and enjoy it for a long time.
Born in 1969, Gershfeld is a native of Bethesda, Maryland. Gershfeld started
EG Design Studio in 2000, and sells his lines throughout the United
States. Currently residing in Chicago, he is also an artist, who
began painting at the suggestion of his wife, Elizabeth, who noticed
his cooking at times was a little too adventurous. His painting
- Must it be? It must Be! (which alludes to the famous inscription
in Beethovens last string quartet) appeared in 2001 and 2002s
editions of Strings, The Strad magazine, and the American String
Teachers Association magazine. A long time professional classical
violist and violinist, Gershfeld is the founding member and artistic
director of the Camerata Society of Chicago, a chamber music group
that collaborates with chefs to present chamber music concerts
in the same venue with great cuisine.