Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Dragon Tattoo Fashion Controversy
To celebrate the highly anticipated film, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", which hits theaters on December 21, costume designer Trish Summerville has created a women’s collection full of pieces inspired by the film’s anti-heroine, Lisbeth Salander. H&M unveiled the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Pop-Up Shop in New York City that was opened for three days only (December 14th-16th). The 30-piece collection captures the edgy urban feel that defines the Lisbeth Salander character, with leather jackets, ripped jeans and dark slouchy hoodies. It is available in 180 H&M stores worldwide, as well as online.
The bigger story here is all the controversy swirling around the inspiration for this line. It seems that H & M and Trish Summerville, who also designed the costumes for the film, are being called irresponsible for glamorizing the hard-edged wardrobe of the movie's main character - a rape survivor - to create a chic new fashion line. In an interview with The Associated Press Eva Gabrielsson, the longtime partner of the late author of the book, says that Stieg Larsson wouldn't have approved of merchandising like this. Instead, she thinks Larsson would have used the buzz around his work to call attention to violence and discrimination against women. Read more, and then decide for yourselves.