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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Full Costume Trailer

Disregarding how redundant it may seem to be remaking director Niels Arden Oplev’s excellent Swedish adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009) for a moment, this four minute trailer for David Fincher’s stab at book one in novelist Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy is pretty special. For the first time we experience Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander speaking (broad accent) and properly moving (sometimes fighting) in her costume. Early indications are that Mara might just pull this off.

If you already know the story of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, maybe because you have read the book or seen the original film, there is little point in recapping it for you. If you do not know the story, it is imperative you avoid any spoilers, so we will be doing you a favour there too.

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The trailer itself is almost a condensed version of the movie, but nothing ruins the overall plot, plus there is much to enjoy. Daniel Craig (no accent) as Mikael Blomkvist is particularly charismatic and brooding in layered greys, untucked casual shirt, matching jacket, waistcoat and jeans. The real focus, however, has got to be Lisbeth.

Costume designer for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is Trish Summerville. Established with music promos (Pink, Christina Aguilera) and more importantly film (Desert Blue, assistant CD on Fincher’s The Game), Summerville has approached this project with the intention of really understanding who Lisbeth is and what makes her tick. Moreover she has also collaborated with hight street chain H&M on a collection of Lisbeth inspired seperates.

Rooney Mara’s look as Lisbeth Salander was first revealed back in February exclusively for W magazine.

Lisbeth’s overall style is obviously similar to Noomi Rapace’s incarnation in the Swedish version, yet Mara appears even more drained and physically fragile. It is a Topshop punk affair, where leather pants meet asymmetric vests, wool scarves and hoodies. The black leather jacket glimpsed when Lisbeth is riding her motorcycle was likely Summerville’s jumping off point. This well worn garment symbolises Lisbeth as tough, rebellious and, essential to note, damaged.

There are actually two leather jackets used in the film, one custom made by the “First Lady of Leather” Agatha Blois, the other by Cerre. Presumably Summerville wanted to imply Lisbeth has owned these coats for many years. They are a second skin, a comfort blanket or more appropriately in the circumstances, armour.

Christopher Plummer as bereaved millionaire Henrik Vanger and Daniel Craig as investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist. An untucked casual shirt with matching suit jacket and waistcoat, but jeans instead of trousers. Could Craig start a new trend?

A major theme of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the consequences of sexual violence. Moreover, Lisbeth’s sexuality becomes important as it denotes her desire to live outside of ‘normal’ society. Lisbeth does whatever feels good; presenting her sexuality as atypical in some way is an interesting means of placing us on guard. We have already judged Lisbeth as wayward, maybe even untrustworthy and yet ultimately her actions will tell a different tale.

With a colour palette verging on black and white, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is probably not going to be a cheery affair. It will surely be cool though – cool and stylish. Trish Summerville’s fashionably hip costume design goes a long way to securing this. If a return to Heroin Chic seems improbable, let’s just see if a biker jacket revival does not happen (again). Copious piercings, blonde eyebrows, emo hair, tattoos and those essential leathers – Rooney Mara will make Lisbeth Salander a style icon.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo directed by David Fincher is released in the U.S. on 21st December and UK on Boxing Day.

You can watch movies online including Noomi Rapace in the Swedish adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo at LOVEFiLM.com.

© 2011 – 2014, Lord Christopher Laverty.

  • http://facebook.com/ClaireOKC,clairekennedydesign.com Claire

    Can’t wait to see this movie as loved the Swedish version…but I think Salander’s sex life is more a product or result of her abuse, as she’s unable to form/understand close relationships…this was so evident in the final scene (1st part) of the Swedish version where she wants to “thank” Blomkvist by sleeping with him, but doesn’t cause she knows it isn’t right for some reason, but doesn’t know why. This is the big prob sexually abused folks have, that they can’t delineate between the various levels of intimacy, which Noomi Rapace did beautifully – Daniel Craig as Blomkvist will be great, but will hold out on Rooney Mara till I see the film.

    This not my fav style of fashion (which I include as Mara’s styling – hair, accessories, etc.), but in this case fashion will make the character who will make the movie – a very vital part of the film, and will be interesting to see what they do.

    Love your site – am usually a lurker her!

    • http://clothesonfilm.com Chris Laverty

      Thanks for your insightful comment, Claire. I actually think it is a shame that Lisbeth’s sexuality is implied as being the product of her abuse in the past. It suggests bisexuality is abnormal; rather than a straightforward lifestyle choice, it’s actually the result of psychological trauma. Obviously there is a lot more to this debate though – something I look forward to discussing when the new film is released. Good call about Lisbeth’s distinctive costume. Her style is absolutely representative of the character. No way could the film-makers stray too far from it for Fincher’s version.

      Glad you enjoy the site. Don’t need to lurk – can chat anytime! I’m on Twitter/Facebook too.

  • Elisa

    This version of Lisbeth is SO American. The Swedish one was much much better! I just don’t get the point of US remakes of movies, with exactly the same plot and scenes and whatsoever! Why? Anyway, I’m gonna watch this I suppose, as I loved books and Swedish movies. I like her blonde eyebrows though. Nice touch!

  • Jenn

    I am trying to find the brand and name of the sunglasses worn by Rooney Mara in the movie when she is wearing the blonde wig. Can anyone help?

  • David Jackson

    Can you give more detail about the clothes worn by Daniel Craig in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I’ve been a big fan of the clothes he has worn on screen since Layer Cake and would appreciate more information on what they are so I could look for similar.

    Regards