Here is the man behind Helle Thorning’s rainbow dress: He has been preparing it for a month

It has been widely discussed.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt has once again created a lot of attention with a dress.

This time it was the rainbow colored sleeves that the former prime minister wore at Denmark’s opening match in Qatar that caused Helle Thorning-Schmidt to go viral.

Designer Søren Le Schmidt tells BT that it is again he who is behind the dress that is attracting attention.

“It is correct that I made it,” it says.

According to the designer, it was Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s idea that there should be a rainbow on the dress.

“It was Helle’s idea. She wanted us to incorporate the rainbow, and I personally also want to support that we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, and I think that’s a cool statement,” he says.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt with rainbow sleeves.
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen

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The two sat together and planned the design for the dress, and the said dress has been on the drawing board for quite some time.

“We started preparing it a month ago. I know Helle, so we thought about what could be cool for such an event. She knew she wanted the rainbow with her, and so we chose a blue dress because Helle is good in these strong colours,’ he explains and at the same time refers to the controversial pink dress Helle Thorning wore at the Queen’s jubilee.

The designer does not want to get too involved in the politics surrounding the dress.

“It is Helle who wears it, and it is Helle who must talk about what it means. The message regarding whether it is right or wrong, I cannot go into that. But I support that rainbows should be included in the event,’ it reads.

There have otherwise been strict rules about dress in Qatar, where fans and journalists have been refused to wear rainbow-colored clothes that support LGBTQ+.

However, the rules did not apply to the former prime minister, who could well enter the match in the dress with the rainbow-coloured sleeves.

Denmark and several other nations opted to drop plans to wear the ‘One Love’ captain’s armband on Monday after FIFA threatened that it would trigger a yellow card for the captain.

DBU and the national team’s decision receive harsh criticism along the way from BT’s sports commentator, Lasse Vøge. You can read more about that here.

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