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Thursday 30 October  
Row over Sylvie's DutchyDress
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Hilversum, Netherlands
Hilversum, Netherlands

Row over Sylvie's DutchyDress

Published on : 31 May 2010 - 10:28am | By RNW News Desk (Photo: Bavaria)
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Weeks ahead of the start of the football world championships in South Africa, a row appears to be brewing up involving football wife Sylvie van der Vaart, or rather her orange dress.

Sylvie – not just the wife of mid-fielder Rafael van der Vaart, but also a TV host and national celebrity – has agreed to lend her assistance to an ad campaign by Dutch beer brand Bavaria:

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The brewery has presented an orange dress – dubbed the DutchyDress – as the ‘must-have’ item for female fans attending this year’s World Cup. Bavaria says it’s "The first item of World Cup merchandise specifically designed for female supporters”. Unfortunately, at least for Bavaria, the Dutch football union KNVB has signed a sponsorship contract with competitor Heineken.

The populist newspaper De Telegraaf reports that the KNVB has announced Sylvie would not be welcome on the terraces wearing her orange dress. It would reportedly be ‘inappropriate’ if Sylvie were to generate publicity for Bavaria in her DutchyDress.

‘Take some doing’
Sylvie's husband Rafael reacted immediately by saying that “It would take some doing to keep Sylvie out of the stadium.” However, the KNVB has since said it is not considering banning the immensely popular football wife from any stadium.

During the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Bavaria generated a lot of publicity with another orange ‘article of clothing’. Back then it was the ‘Leeuwenhose’ (literally: lion pants, from the Dutch word for lion and the German word for pants), wide-fitting orange pants including a lion’s tail. It was banned form the German stadiums because US brewery Budweiser was the tournament’s main sponsor. The DutchyDress – a design by the Dutch company SuperTrash – in any case is far more elegant than the Leeuwenhose ever was.


Ed Kuipers 15 June 2010 - 9:27pm

Stupid question, what if say Nikon would sponsor the World Cup.....would they turn away fans taking pictures with a Canon or a Leica? Would they be allowed to......? Sony is sponsoring the World Cup so hey, come on guys make yourself impopular by the massas and kick all other camera's with their offensive label bearing neckstraps out. I saw somebody using an Olympus at the Brazil game, have him arrested and his camera seased.

Overcommercialised world........sick.


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