A team of Dutch designers has created a dress made with the flags which is making both a fashion and political statement about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights on a global level.
The first transgender model to be signed by IMG models, and also Europride’s first trans ambassador Valentijn de Hingh modeled a massive rainbow gown made of flags from 72 countries where homosexuality is still illegal. In 12 of those countries, this “crime” is punishable by death.
The dress was a collaborative project with De Hingh, the COC Nederland (Dutch organization for LGBT women and men), fashion designer Mattijs van Bergen, and artist Oeri van Woezik.
Every country that changes its legislation will have its flag replaced by a rainbow flag.
Photographer Pieter Henket documented Hingh wearing the dress in the Rijksmuseum.