Manneken Pis debuts first dress in honour of designer Diane von Furstenberg
A new costume has been added to the Manneken Pis wardrobe – the statue’s first ever dress, in honour of Belgian-American designer Diane von Furstenberg.
The statue wore the costume on Tuesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the legendary wrap dress by Von Furstenberg, who was born in Brussels and is an honorary citizen of the capital. The ceremony to present the dress took place in the presence of Von Furstenberg and mayor of Brussels Philippe Close.
“Never in my life did I think that one day one of my creations would be worn by Manneken Pis,” she said. “I used to live in Brussels, so the idea of making a dress for one of the city’s emblems is a great honour, and I’m delighted. This dress perhaps symbolises the fluidity of Manneken Pis. He can simply dress as he wishes.”
Made from silk jersey with a green and white graphic print, the dress is based on an original model from the 1970s. It will also be on display until 7 January as part of an exhibition at the Musée de la Mode et de la Dentelle in Brussels.
The tradition of dressing the statue in special costumes dates back to the 17th century, and his more than 1,000 outfits are displayed on rotation in the GardeRobe Manneken Pis museum.
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