Twin Peaks Style, Part 3: This Cherry Pie is a Miracle

[Editor's note: WARNING! The following blog post contains many a spoiler concerning the events in our favourite fictional Pacific Northwest town. Read at your own risk. - Anna]

When I first started writing these Twin Peaks Style posts, I thought I’d have a fairly easy time choosing which characters to look at and how to look at them. First I wrote about the way Audrey Horne and Josie Packard use clothing in attempts to hide their true colours, in turn revealing more about themselves than they could have ever imagined. Then I looked at how Special Agent Dale Cooper‘s wardrobe represents his fear of the past and his attachment to the town of Twin Peaks. But now what?

It seems only natural that for my third and final post in this series, I should study another character — maybe Donna Hayward or Lucy Moran — but I just can’t do it. This series (much like Twin Peaks itself) can’t go on forever, and there are so many characters whose unique and complex wardrobes I’d kick myself for leaving out. So, on that note, I’m leaving you with a round-up of sorts. I’ll miss obsessing over these images and outfits just like I miss standing up and turning on all the lights in the house after each gut-wrenching episode. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end.


“All men in the world should be taken to a desert island and forced to eat sand!”

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Twin Peaks Style, Part 2: This is a Damn Fine Cup of Coffee

[Editor's note: WARNING! The following blog post contains many a spoiler concerning the events in our favourite fictional Pacific Northwest town. SECOND WARNING! This post also contains some photos of Special Agent Dale Cooper looking rather dashing, and they may just make your heart melt. Read at your own risk. Carry on, Stephanie! - Anna]

There’s something magical about a man in a suit and tie. (Especially when that man is Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks‘s Special Agent Dale Cooper.) Throughout the entire series, Cooper’s style adapts to his surroundings and to the personalities he wishes to convey. In the pilot episode, when we first meet Cooper, he’s wearing a perfectly pressed black suit and recording a message for his assistant, Diane. (Whether Diane really exists is unclear, but that’s a whole other can of dramatic, small-town worms.) The extent to which Cooper comes across as an arrogant “city slicker” in the show’s first few episodes — with the aide of his wardrobe — nearly makes him a caricature, as he utters things like “Look at that! Ducks. On a lake!”

Cooper quickly falls in love with Twin Peaks and decides he wants to settle there permanently. He feels Twin Peaks is the perfect place to hide from his past — until his past catches up with him in the form of Windom Earle, his former partner who brings terror to the already shaken town with a vengeful killing spree. When Cooper is suspended from the FBI after using “unorthodox” investigation methods in the Laura Palmer case, he abandons his suits and ties and adopts a more woodsy, “Twin Peaks” look, fitting of his intentions to stay: plaid flannel button-down shirts and puffy vests. Though his new wardrobe is more appropriate for the show’s setting than his black suits, his new style almost makes Cooper look like he’s dressing from someone else’s closet. The contrast between his well-groomed hair and clean-shaven face and his new forest-hued wardrobe is confusing, to say the least.

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Twin Peaks Style, Part 1: The Owls Are Not What They Seem

[Editor's note: WARNING! The following blog post contains many a spoiler concerning the events in our favourite fictional Pacific Northwest town. Read at your own risk. - Anna]

Laura Palmer’s plastic-wrapped body, discovered by an over-eager fisherman in the pilot episode of Twin Peaks, is the first sign that everything is about to break. Audrey Horne’s switch from saddle shoes to heels, moments later, is the first sign that nothing — as long as the show lasts — will ever be as it seems.

Throughout the two seasons of Twin Peaks, there are several incidents that reveal things to be different from what they seem — there are doppelgängers, dream worlds, and Killer BOB, who takes over the bodies of innocent men and uses them to rape and kill. [Editor's note: See?! Told you there were spoilers! Back to you, Stephanie. - Anna] There’s also the character of Laura: though we never meet her alive, she is portrayed in flashbacks and memories as the perfect teenage girl — well-liked and intelligent, beautiful, and every parent’s dream — but in reality, she was addicted to cocaine and was cheating on her long-term boyfriend with several men, including her employer, who is married with children. Finally, and most obviously, there is the town of Twin Peaks itself; it appears to be quaint and quiet, but has horrible things brewing under its surface, in its forests.

The characters in Twin Peaks are defined largely by their wardrobes, which reveal their true personalities, often by making such drastic attempts at concealing them.

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