Paris (Web Desk): Israel’s Minister of Culture and Sports, Miri Regev, stepped onto the red carpet in a ball gown featuring a landscape of Jerusalem.
Swedish-based Israeli costume designer Aviad Arik Herman designed the dress on commission. The long-sleeve gold top appears rather conservative — mesh fabric with crystal and lace embroidery. It’s not until you reach the bottom of the white A-line skirt that the controversy occurs. Skimming the floor is a city skyline that includes the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, and the Tower of David.
“This year we are celebrating 50 years since the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem,” the minister said.
“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 honours the beautiful status of our eternal capital Jerusalem.”
However, while Israel claims sovereignty over all of the city, most of the international community, as well as Palestinians, regard the east of the city as under Israeli occupation.