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Someone Thought Staging a Fashion Show on the UN Debate Floor Was a Good Idea

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The Palestinian delegation took over the United Nations's hallowed halls for a fashion show yesterday that involved a runway built on the same tables used for global debate and resolution during normal hours. CNN reports that Ambassador Riyad Mansour, head of the Palestinian permanent observer mission to the UN, brought in Palestinian-Italian designer Jamal Taslaq to show his dresses to the crowd gathered in the United Nations. As CNN describes it:

The runway was quite literally brought to the bargaining table. Models strutted their gowns across the same surface on which resolutions are passed, and where environmentalists gather to sort out climate issues.
Of course, others used the event to point out how frivolous the Palestinians were being in light of the current violence in the Middle East. But the designer, Taslaq, argued that the show was promoting a peaceful message. "I think fashion, like music, doesn't need the language," Taslaq said. "All the world can hear and watch the fashion. And this is a message for all the world."
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