It’s been exactly two-years since two explosions ripped through Beirut’s port, killing more than 200 people, displacing thousands, and destroying swaths of the Lebanese capital, after a stockpile of haphazardly-stored ammonium nitrate fertilizer caught fire. On the tragedy’s second anniversary, Ras Baalbek-born couturier Zuhair Murad, whose Lebanese atelier was decimated by the explosions, teamed up with Annahar newspaper to create a dress made entirely of the blue mesh that wrapped most of the destroyed buildings in Beirut, in support of the victims of the blast that was said the second biggest non-nuclear explosion in history.
The initiative, titled #RedressLebanon, is selling 10452 NFTs — a nod to the total surface area of the country in square kilometers — of this dress to raise funds for them. All proceeds will go to the Institute for Development, Research, Advocacy and Applied Care (IDRAAC0), a non-governmental organization dedicated to mental health in Lebanon.
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It’s not the first time the celebrity-beloved couturier launches a campaign to support victims of the devastating blast. Shortly after the couturier lost his headquarters and also 80% of his archives and all of his upcoming ready-to-wear and couture collections during the 2020 tragedy, he launched a collection of charitable t-shirts to raise funds for Offrejoie, a politically and religiously independent Lebanese NGO, in response to the humanitarian needs of the people of Beirut who lost everything during the explosions.