Culture Minister’s Stunning ‘Jerusalem Dress’ Turns Heads at Cannes Festival

“All glorious is the king’s daughter within the palace; her raiment is of chequer work inwrought with gold.” Psalms 45:14 (The Israel Bible™)

Israeli Minister of Culture and Miri Regev caused a stir on Wednesday when she appeared at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival wearing a dramatic gown that depicted a panoramic image of Jerusalem, including the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount and the Western Wall (Kotel).

Regev commissioned the conceptual dress, created by Israeli fashion designer Arik Aviad Herman, to commemorate the upcoming Jerusalem Day on May 24, this year marking the 50th anniversary since the Six Day War and the reunification of the holy city by IDF forces. The momentous Jerusalem Jubilee will be accompanied by dozens of special events and celebrations.

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“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 about her bold fashion statement.

Herman said that he had worked on the dress for months with “uncompromising devotion” to “express the celebrations of the city.”

In addition to the well-known monuments identifying Jerusalem, the skirt of the dress also shows the ancient Tower of David and the city’s modern downtown area.

While it seemed not to kick up any positive controversy, the provocative dress was clearly meant to send a message to Israel’s detractors: Despite Arab claims to the city or UNESCO resolutions denying Jewish sovereignty, Jerusalem is now and will remain, in whole, the eternal capital of Israel.