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Designer dress creates uproar with Holocaust yellow badge-like decoration
Designer dress sold in Canadian chain store infuriates people with its design, incorporating star resembling one Jews were forced to wear during Holocaust; in NYC performance, Jewish singer Billy Joel proudly wears similar star as reply to Charlottesville protests.

A designer dress bearing a yellow star greatly resembling the yellow badge Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust has been on display in the Holt Renfrew chain of couture fashion stores in Canada, creating an uproar.

 

 

The dress, designed by Italian fashion house Miu Miu, a Prada subsidiary, was photographed by passers-by and uploaded to the internet.

 

Billy Joel donning the yellow Star of David in his Garden performance
Billy Joel donning the yellow Star of David in his Garden performance

 

One of the people to notice the dress was Israeli-American activist Joe Zevuloni, who uploaded a photo of the dress in question to his Facebook page.

 

"Nazi Germany in Canadian display windows. A marketing gimmick??? Not at our expense. Give them the star they truly deserve. And don't forget to mention their page in the review or it will be deleted," Zevuloni implored his followers, calling them to write negative reviews of the store online.

 

Following his appeal, dozens of users sent their own protests to the Canadian chain's Facebook page, which has thus far declined comment.

 

Meanwhile, in New York City, a Star of David made a very different appearance on the jacket of Jewish crooner Billy Joel, who wore it on his suit Monday during a Madison Square Garden encore performance.

 

The Miu Miu dress bearing a star resembling the Nazi-era yellow Jewish badge
The Miu Miu dress bearing a star resembling the Nazi-era yellow Jewish badge

 

Monday's show came more than a week after a rally by Neo-Nazis and other groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended in deadly violence against counter-protesters.

 

When asked about Joel's attire on Tuesday, his spokeswoman quoted Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

 


First published: 23.08.17, 17:08
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