26-year-old transgender model Valentijn de Hingh collaborated with fashion designer Matthijs van Bergensi and artist Oeri van Woezik to create the stunning piece, which features the flags of the 72 countries where homosexuality is considered to be a crime.
Ms de Hingh’s dress was created with help from local LGBT group COC Nederland – who collected the flags and transformed them into a dress after the opening march of the Pride festival. Photographer Pieter Henket recalled on his Instagram: “During the opening walk of Euro Pride in Amsterdam 2 weeks ago, 72 flags of 72 different countries where homosexuality is against the law were present, in 12 of these countries you still get the death penalty for being gay.
“COC collected these flags and together with fashion designer Matthijs van Bergensi and artist Oeri van Woezik they decided to make these flags into a giant rainbow dress. That’s when the idea started. I then was asked to come on board to create an image. Where best to do that than in front of one of the most beautiful paintings in the world, The Night Watch by Rembrandt in Het Rijksmuseum? Roger and I decided Monday morning to fly out that same night to Holland to do this project that, in many ways, is very close to our hearts. Everyone spent a crazy four days of pre- and post-production but we did it and we delivered.I am more than proud to present the beautiful Valentijn de Hingh in the rainbow dress in the Honor Gallery of Het Rijksmuseum”.