“Wrapped in Plastic”: David Lynch’s Material Girls

  • Catherine Spooner


Twin Peaks’s clothes are an inextricable part of its visual strangeness, and its appeal. As a British teenager watching the series on its original broadcast, I was perplexed by the exoticism of early 1990s America: all that big hair, all those lumberjack shirts (shortly to become a global trend, of course, through the ascendancy of grunge). Everyone was simultaneously underdressed and overdressed, wearing cozy knitted sweaters with immaculate make-up and bright lipstick. The rebel chic of Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook) and James Hurley (James Marshall) was recognizable, if unsettlingly clean, but the other characters all looked strangely alien, evocative of a sartorial elsewhere.


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