Not at the Met Gala, not at the royal wedding …. at the Jerusalem embassy opening
Every fashionista knows the month of May is the most important month for fashion statements because of the first Monday in May Met Gala in New York City.
However, the real statement garment that had international “buzz” was not worn by a celebrity in the United States. It was not worn during the Shabbos-Shavuot weekend in England at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meagan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The most influential, most noticed fashion statement was Miriam Adelson’s long jacket worn during the Opening Of The Embassy Of The United States in Jerusalem and the private gathering afterwards that Adelson and her husband, Sheldon, attended and addressed, cohos ted by the Republican Jewish Coalition and Christians United For Israel.
What makes this garment so special? The long white jacket was designed for the history made on Yom Yerushalayim, the Israeli National Holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem after the victory of the Six Day War in 1967 AND on this day, the Embassy Opening on David Flusser in the heart of our homeland.
Images of The Jacket
Exclusive Discussion With Miriam Adelson
Miriam Adelson told me I can share the garment with my readers providing the following: I do not write about her or her husband and I help promote Israeli fashion.
The only thing I will write is how gracious she was and how much I admire her mitzvahs.
Miriam Adelson is known for wearing modest fashion, often wearing long jackets covering her neck, arms and legs. During the events before, during and after the actual occasion, she stayed true to her fashion, with a memorable twist.
When Sheldon and Miriam Adelson entered the enclosed seats for the event, jaws dropped in unison about how wonderful and appropriate Adelson looked.
Adelson knew she wanted a connection with what she would be wearing to the historic events of the day. She went to the mother-daughter team of Tovelah, based out of Tel Aviv. Adelson told me she has a long relationship with the fashion house. They designed the outfit Adelson wore to the White House Chanukah party. Adelson worked together on developing the theme of the garment, and, according to Adelson, she let the women “do their magic.”
The long white jacket displayed many pieces of Jerusalem with hand sewn beads. Down the center of the back were the words “I’m Eshkachech Yerushalayim, Yemini Tishkach.” In English, it translates to, “If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem, May My Right Hamd Lose Its Cunning!” This is from chapter 37 of Psalms, Tehillim.
It was no coincidence that the words were beaded in gold, as in “Yerusalayim Shel Zahav,” in reference to the song often sung as an patriotic anthem to the city.
The rest of the jacket was just as significant. Adelson showed me her sleeves and parts of the front of the jacket representing the Old City. Olive branches were sewn throughout the jacket, as well as small rectangles representing Jerusalem stone. Most of the other beads were black, with hints of red and silver.
While this year’s Met Gala theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” there simply is no mistaking that Miriam Adelson’s garment stole the show.
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