Cruising Style 2012: Dress Like Lisbeth Salander As The World Prepares For A New Millennium

Coming to theaters December 21.

With a little more than one month to go before the second version of the first film in the Millennium trilogy premieres in cinemas all over the world, the interest in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo seems to be on the rise. One Swedish retail company would like to see the whole world dress like Lisbeth Salander.

Salander is the hacker genius who is central in the Millennium trilogy that has taken the world by storm. Written by the deceased Swedish journalist and author Stieg Larsson, the Millennium trilogy might not be a read for the faint-hearted – something that is reflected by Salander and her headstrong style.

One of the main characters in the books as well as in the film that debuts just before Christmas, Salander’s favorite clothes include a leather jacket, tight jeans and sturdy boots.

“The look is fairly much that of a classic Södermalm girl,” commented Marcella Mravec of Rodeo magazine in the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter. Södermalm is an area just south of Stockholm’s city center, where many of the cruise ships that visit the Swedish capital dock.

If Salander dresses like the classic Södermalm girl, then the Swedish retail company H&M would like to see more women all over the globe dress like that. A couple of weeks before the premiere, H&M debuts a new line of clothes that have been inspired by the strongest character of the film in question.

“Salander’s look is very real and very lived in, with pieces that her character has worn for a long time, like her jackets that act as her armour to shield her from the world. I wanted the collection to have the essence and strength of Salander, with a fashion edge, and I’m pleased with the result,” says Trish Summerville, Costume Designer for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

It seems unclear if Summerville’s design has been inspired largely by the descriptions of Salander given in the Millennium trilogy, or if she has been to Stockholm to get inspiration for the new clothing line. What’s clear, though, is that the director of the film, David Fincher, considered the Swedish setting essential for the film.

“Already when I read the book I found there to be something very Swedish about it,” he commented in Dagens Nyheter. “Then when I arrived in Sweden and had a look around, I thought to myself: This story could not have taken place in Connecticut or Montreal. It needed Sweden. It’s a very cosmopolitan society, but with a very strict social structure.”

The film that premieres just before Christmas is the second screen adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which is the first book in the trilogy about Salander and her journalist sidekick, Mikael Blomkvist.

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