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Salander’s Closet

Designed by Trish Summerville, H&M has released a Girl With The Dragon Tattoo line, with about thirty pieces that would find a home in Lisbeth Salander’s closet.

Costume designer of the recent American version of the film, Summerville’s collection has been met with some protest and controversy. Accusations by one blogger that the line is glamorizing the fashion choices of a rape victim of her clothes as her armor were met with apologies from H&M spokes people for misinterpretation of the intent of the line.

Personally, I’m a fan of the Millenium series.  I’ve read the three novels, seen the original Swedish films and the more recent version from David Fincher.  At no point throughout any of the books or movies does the impression that Salander’s character is in any way glamorizing her violent sexual abuse through her clothing, hair, or aesthetics.  Not to give away any spoilers, but a large portion of the third book directly addresses her choices in appearance, and how it is a conscious reflection of her conflict and defense mechanisms.

Fortunately, I have never been the victim of abuse, and am in no way trying to disregard anyone’s opinion, especially on a matter this sensitive, but I have to admit that I find the accustations a bit of a reach.  I haven’t yet seen the line in person, but based on the images I’ve found it is very reminiscent of the basic designs of All Saints – the snood, flag shirts, and boots, especially.

Consisting mostly of t-shirts, jegging-esque pants, and beat-up looking boots, it’s another take on the atypical “alt” stereotype.  I like the line, but it’s nothing new nor innovative, nor do I feel deserving of any controversy.

More images after the jump.

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24 Comment

  1. The fake tapers are just atrocious. The red jacket however is glorious.I’m hoping that I can somehow figure out how to hunt down that jacket and make it my own. It doesn’t seem like any of the staff on this magazine has been helpful so far with giving anyone info on question as to what location(s) they are avail at.

  2. Jo, I’m pretty sure she shopped at H&M in the book.

    To everyone asking where they can get the clothes, they were in limited stores back in early December, I only found 2 or 3 in NYC selling them and they were sold out of most of the stuff before I got a chance to go (which was about a week or two after they released the line). The only way to buy them online was through eBay and the prices are heavily inflated naturally. Unfortunately H&M doesn’t have a US online store yet, but I think they are launching one this year.

  3. So where exactly are these clothes? H&M’s site isn’t selling them, and I’m hearing that they’re already impossible to find at any H&M store. Please tell me that they didn’t pull these clothes from the racks because one woman found them offensive.

  4. The level of outrage is disproportionate to the offense but that happens so often and easily on the internet. See the recent brohaha over Libra’s tampon commericial (also covered by Jezebel).

    As laural said, I really dig the idea of a film’s costume designer getting involved with ready to wear inspired by the costumes. I wish this happened more often. Sweeney Todd outfits anyone or would that glamourise murder?

    I have no issue with the line itself. I like the snood, long jacket and the simple jumper. To me they look like smart items that would keep you cosy. Yes the cynical side of me is arcing up because there is something inherantly wrong about a fashion line inspired by a fictional rape survivor’s style.

    If H&M donated a portion of the sales made from the line to a charity that supported rape survivors perhaps we’d all be comfortable with it?

  5. am i the only one who finds the concept of buying salander-inspired clothes at h&m horribly ironic? lisbeth sure would laugh.

  6. She might have been “raped” but she used it to empower herself. She is a heroine in that she may have been in a victimizing situation but she is no victim. Her sense of style starts way before the abuse. It reflects who she is as a character not an occasional mishap in a otherwise quite tragic life. I read all three books and saw the swedish movies. I’ve yet to see the american version though. Sorry for assuming but that is probably what most of the people who do not get her have watched.. There are many levels of abuse and I have experienced a variety. I see no problems with the H & M line. In fact I will look high and low to see if I can find any piece of this collection that actually will suit my non boyish frame. Salender is a genuine heroine. All 3 books are a must read.


  7. The only thing offensive about this line are those poser plug/earrings. NO NO NO.

    I am feeling that red jacket, though.

  8. Jezebel’s interpretation of the rape-marketing campaign outrage was easier to read and more thorough in explaining the controversy. While it might not remind you of your rape, it might remind others of their rape. Some women are triggered by the movie, and I don’t think H&M is producing any remarkable works that are showcasing the book and movie’s art. They are decent standards that are relatively cheap in cost and production.

    The issue isn’t so much that H&M is saying rape is glamorous rather that H&M isn’t the line to pay sartorial homage. They are profiting off the release of the movie to draw in customers. I think that’s douchey and offensive especially to any individual that has suffered sexual assault of any form.

    No one is saying that Salander is glamorizing rape (fairly illogical that argument), just that H&M is trying to get some profits from a recently released movie that is paying some proper homage. That is glamorizing and profitizing.

    I do like the grey snood.

  9. I don’t understand-where can we buy this? I can’t seem to shop H&M online, is our only option to go to the stores, and is the line in all the stores, or just select ones?

  10. I love the clothes. I think the line is inspired by a character, who happens to be arguably the most memorable heroine in contemporary fiction out there right now. I don’t think there’s more to it than that. I think the accusations are a reach too.

    I wish the line was still available… I think it’s done now?

  11. K: The panel leggings were $25, they had a pair of actual leather pants that didn’t get released in the US (to my knowledge) that were more like $60. I actually thought the collection was surprisingly cheap for a limited run that seemed to be in fairly high demand. The snood I got was $13.

  12. I think most of us can agree that this collection looks like our closet – I’m seeing pieces in that I’ve been wearing since grade school. Not saying I haven’t been abused a bit along the way – I’ve just been wearing this style since before anything traumatic, ergo, not manifested in my fashion choices.

    Because H&M is attempting cross promotion with the Dragon Tattoo franchise, it makes their motivations a bit over-analyzed, but honestly I’m reminiscent of college art class. When you make a cool sculpture but it doesn’t reallllyyyy have anything to do with the topic, so you’re stretching for some far-fetched connection. In this instance, Dragon Tattoo does not have the glowing plot line you want equated with your rather generic distressed boots and grey tank.

    Nice grunge basics, bad marketing campaign narrative.

  13. I’m in europe and I didn’t have problems finding the clothes. I bought a grey knitted cardigan with “dropped stitches” and a hood. The quality is actually very nice (for h&m, that is).

    As for the controversy: I’m a rape victim myself and my choice of clothing style has definitely nothing to do with it. I never before thought that Lisbeth dresses the way she does because she’s been raped…that’s just silly. That blogger needs to find something else to get all angry about.

  14. Hell, I live in HOLLYWOOD, and they only had some of the stuff from the line in their store! Also, they only make the pieces in sizes 4-10, and I am squarely a 12.

    At first I thought the idea of doing a fashion line was ridiculous, but then when I saw it, I really liked it. I think Trish Summerville did a great job designing the film, and I like how she translated the look into a store line without blatantly copying pieces from the film.

    I do feel like saying the line glamorizes the rape aspect marginalizes those of us who wear these kinds of clothes. Lots of us have never been abused. Had Lisbeth Salander not been abused, who’s to say she wouldn’t still dress this way? I don’t think that what people like about her character is the fact that she gets raped.

  15. The whole line was kind of average, and I guess they kept it extremely scarce to create interest. There were only one or two pieces left when I finally got around to checking it out at an H&M in Chicago, and I thought it was overpriced considering the quality (I think it was something like $60 for leggings with pleather panels?). Zzzzzzz…

  16. I agree, these clothes are unremarkable, at at H&M’s quality to price ratio, in no way worth it.

    What irritates me is that blogger… So a woman who is a rape victim can’t be a role-model, whose independence and strength is left out of the focus in lieu of her past? Should we ignore her instead? I don’t get what she’s trying to get out.

  17. Honestly, the most annoying factor in all of this for me personally is that this line as gotten SO much press, but it’s impossible to find in stores. There was only one H&M in basically the whole Midwest that got any significant chunk of it. I really liked a few of the pieces and thought they’d make good cheap staples for my closet, but I’ve been unable to obtain anything besides the snood and the leggings. So frustrating!

    As for the rape angle, I’m proud to emulate a woman of strong character regardless of her status of rape victim or otherwise. I feel like a lot of the negative responses have been acting like there’s something wrong with wearing Salander’s style because of the rape aspect when really I think we should be looking at her actual personality and deeds to judge whether she’s worthy of emulating or not.

  18. one thing i DO like is the idea of costume designers creating ready-to-wear based on films. this may have not been the most successful example but the idea is fun.

  19. I *really* loathe fake outrage. If you want to be outraged about something, you should start with the fact that over 40,000 children starve to death every single DAY on this planet when we have the technology to feed everyone. H+M is simply cashing in on vapid consumerism…which is the heart and soul of capitalism.

  20. I like a couple of the pieces, but they aren’t anything you wouldn’t find in H&M’s Divided Black line at any time of the year. So far as the controversy goes, I think people are looking for conflict where there is none.

  21. I think people are looked way too much into the clothing;Ii mean, why can’t the line just be some clothing based on the outward image of a movie. I really don’t think H&M were really thinking of anything when they decided on the clothing: just that they could make money off of it.

  22. the blogger’s point is not that the movie is glamorizing salander’s reaction to rape, but that H&M is profiting from the glamorized depiction of a rape survivor’s coping mechanisms.

    personally, i think the clothes are unremarkable. if H&M had launched the line without the tie-in to the series, there would be neither interest nor controversy.