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Modern Fashion Meets Ancient Religion in Jewish Museum Exhibit

 The avante-garde fashion collective threeASFOUR will have a multimedia exhibition at the Jewish Museum, 1009 FIfth Ave., starting Sept. 15 2013.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — It's where religion meets the runway.

The Jewish Museum of New York will host a multimedia exhibition on Sept. 15 starring avant-garde couture collective threeASFOUR that features fashion designs influenced by religious iconography, artists and curators said.

The show, called MER KA BA, brings together fashion design, architecture and video art "inspired by sacred geometry and tile patterns found in synagogues, churches and mosques around the world," museum officials said.

Rebecca Shaykin, assistant curator at the Museum who is organizing the exhibition, said the show will also debut threeASFOUR's spring 2014 line.

"We're thrilled to have that on view at the museum," said Shaykin, 28, a Park Slope resident.

"The show is not just going to be clothes," she added. "threeASFOUR is creating this holistic, immersive environment."

Shaykin explained that the gallery will be dark when visitors walk in, and that "there will be mirrors on many surfaces."

The architectural component of the exhibit, a "temple" designed by Studio Christian Wassmann, will be in the shape of a six-pointed star.

Visitors will be able to walk inside the temple — which will be completely mirrored — while video art beams light onto the structure's surfaces.

"It will be like walking inside a telescope," Shaykin said.

Meanwhile, "meditative" music will play in the background.

Architect Bradley Rothenberg is working with the collective to make 3D-printed fabrics featuring religiously symbolic "lattice" patterns.

Angela Donhauser — who, along with Gabriel Asfour and Adi Gil, is one of the three designers behind threeASFOUR — said "it's an honor to be given the opportunity by the museum."

Donhauser, a Tajikistan native with Russian and German ancestry, said the group hopes to share its art with a broad audience. 

This largely stems from the members' multicultural background, as Asfour and Gil hail from Lebanon and Israel, respectively.

"It's all about unity," she said. "It's something that we're drawn to and is very important in our work."

MER KA BA is on display at The Jewish Museum of New York, 1109 Fifth Ave. at East 92nd Street, until Feb. 2 2014.