Miri Regev’s dress featured the skyline of the city, a central issue in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and was commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War.
While Cannes has so far been relatively free from major fashion disasters (although it is only day two), Israel’s far-right culture minister caused something of a stink with a dress she wore on the red carpet on Wednesday.
Miri Regev, attending the opening ceremony for Ismael’s Ghosts, made a loud political statement with a white dress emblazoned with the skyline of Jerusalem’s Old City, including the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock.
The dress was commissioned by Regev from designer Aviad Arik Herman to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War in 1967, which saw Israeli forces take control of East Jerusalem. Israel claims sovereignty over the entire city, but much of the world – including the UN – still regards the east, including the Old City, as being under military occupation.
Both Israelis and Palestinians view Jerusalem as their capital.
“I am proud to celebrate this historic date through art and fashion, and I am happy that this work by Israeli designer Aviad Herman is so moving and honors the beautiful status of our eternal capital Jerusalem,” said Regev, according to the Times of Israel.
The social media response was swift and colorful, with several Twitter uses offering photoshopped versions of the dress. Among the variations were pictures of the dress featuring images of the Israeli separation wall, flames over the skyline and a bomb exploding in Gaza.
— Bina Shah (@BinaShah) May 18, 2017
“Miri Regev’s dress is cool and all, but it’s lacking one little thing: the 370,000 Palestinians living in ‘united’ East Jerusalem, 41 percent of its population,” tweeted Shira Makin.