Jila embraced a meaningful role, channeling her artistic prowess to illuminate the pressing human rights violations and executions in Iran post the 'Woman, Life, Freedom' movement. Crafting an extraordinary dress for Iranian American model Mahlagha Jaberi at the May 2023 Cannes Festival wasn't merely a fashion statement; it resonated with profound support and concern for the unfolding events in Iran. The dress eloquently echoed a visual reminder of the challenges in Iran, boldly advocating for justice and human rights on a global scale.
The impact of Jila's designed dress for Mahlagha Jaberi reverberated across the global media landscape, captivating the attention of magazines and news outlets worldwide. Its appearance on the Cannes red carpet sparked a flurry of interest and discussion, compelling various news platforms to feature the dress and its underlying message. The visual medium of this artistry resonated powerfully, propelling the conversation on human rights and shedding light on the stark realities faced by individuals in Iran. The widespread coverage of the dress in different countries underscored the urgent need for international awareness and action regarding the human rights situation in Iran.
Following the stunning display at Cannes, Jila became a focal point for numerous high- profile media outlets seeking to understand the inspiration and message behind the dress. Notably, She was interviewed by prestigious publications like Vogue, providing a platform to articulate the deeper significance of her creation and the purpose behind using fashion as a means to advocate for human rights. These interviews, which have reached audiences globally, enabled Jila to shed light on the issues plaguing Iran and emphasize the importance of international attention and support in addressing human rights violations and the ongoing executions in the country.
Jila's black silk gown, deliberately designed with an open chest area, aimed to symbolize and honor the resilience and femininity of the oppressed women in Iran. The incorporation of a noose-shaped gold chain along the neckline served as a stark visual representation of the suffering and injustices faced by these women. Furthermore, the gown bore a bold yet poignant statement, "stop execution,” emblazoned on the train, signifying the urgent plea to halt the ongoing executions in Iran. Unfortunately, due to the Cannes Red Carpet's policy against political statements, the security team cut the train of the gown. Despite this intervention, the dress made a resounding impact across various media outlets, sparking conversations and shedding light on the gravity of the human rights crisis in Iran.