Dutch fashion designer Mattijs van Bergen and spatial designer Oeri van Woezik presented the Amsterdam Rainbow dress on Friday, which was created in collaboration with COC Amsterdam. The designer is making waves across the internet for the dress, which has been designed in conjunction with Europride festivities.
The Amsterdam rainbow dress is actually making both a fashion and political statement about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights on a global level. The dress is worn by transgender model Valentijn de Hingh, and was made with the image of the Amsterdam Flag.
The Chairman of COC Amsterdam Peter de Ruijter said that, “Amsterdam has always been a safe haven for those who were not safe because of their ideas or because of who they were”. He also added, “We wanted to give an activating message that this role is a safe haven and needs to be supported and upheld by the Amsterdam citizens from a shared understanding of equality for all …. The dress signals to the Amsterdam citizens: contribute, involve yourselves, connect.”
Amsterdam is known to be a safe haven for queer people. However, the rest of this gown is composed of flags from 72 other countries in the world where it is illegal to be gay. The dress definitely calls for openness and importance of such a serious issue.
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