Sidonia’s Thread Exhibit and Opening Reception

Monday, January 2, 2023 - Friday, February 10, 2023    
7:00 am - 8:00 pm


The Mandell Jewish Community Center, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, is pleased to welcome “Sidonia’s Thread – Crafting a Life from Holocaust to High Fashion” to the Chase Family Gallery. The educational display will be open to the public from January 2nd – February 10th, 2023.The exhibition’s opening reception will take place on January 8, 2023, from 1 – 2:30 PM featuring a talk from Hanna Marcus, Sidonia’s daughter and author of the book that inspired the showcase at 1:00pm.

Sidonia’s Thread shares the inspirational biography of Holocaust survivor and single mother Sidiona Perlstein. After immigrating to America, Sidonia tapped into the beauty of textiles and fashion to cope with the trauma of her past, ultimately carving out a name for herself in the elite world of high fashion.

This is exhibit was curated by Anya Sokolovskaya (She/Her), M.F.A., Associate Professor of Theatre/Costume Design, Performing Arts Department Eastern Connecticut State University and will be brought to West Hartford by joint sponsors, The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, The Mandell Jewish Community Center, and Voices of Hope. Bringing Sidonia’s story to life is a display of thirty-five of her original clothing and designs, as well as an engaging array of audio and video vignettes, illustrations, and an outline of Sidonia’s immigration journey.

Join us on January 8, 2023 from 1:00-2:30 for the opening reception in the Mandell JCC gallery.