Catherine Ashton to get 'conservative makeover' at Iran nuke talks

From left: One of the original images from three years ago, a doctored photograph and the new design. (Photo courtesy The Telegraph)

A dress may not make the woman, but an Iranian designer is ensuring her dress design will make EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton fashionably and appropriately dressed for upcoming nuclear talks.

Only three years ago, the foreign policy chief was photoshopped by Iranian state media with a much higher neckline during negotiations in Turkey, The Telegraph reported Sunday.

While the 58-year-old’s attire was considered modest by Western standards, Iran apparently found it unsuitable.

Designer Mitra Tamjidi told Iran’s ISNA news agency that Baroness Ashton received her customized dress and had “warmly welcomed its design.” Tamjidi said the EU official will “put on the dress in one of her diplomatic meetings.”

ISNA carried a photo of what was presumably the costume for Baroness Ashton – a flowing wine-coloured coat with matching headscarf and light-coloured, shiny trimming.

Tamjidi said: “I picked the design and motifs used on the costumes worn by Iranian people in older times and combined them with modern motifs and designs of today.”

This is not the first time Iranian designers have jumped at the chance to dress Ashton.

In March, a dress designer from Iran’s Kurdistan province, Susan Jadat Jasebi, said she had decided to make a traditional Kurdish dress for the Baroness as a “gesture of peace and friendship among the nations of the world.”

Ashton leads the team of six world powers, including the U.S. and Britain, in negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.
The next meeting is scheduled in Vienna on May 13 and again in late June.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 13:52 - GMT 10:52