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.

Thankfully, as the series comes to a close, Cooper starts wearing suits again. Then he goes crazy.


“Harry, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen. Could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black coffee.” – Special Agent Dale Cooper


“Oh, Coop, about the uniform — replacing the quiet elegance of the dark suit and tie with the casual indifference of these muted earth tones is a form of fashion suicide, but — call me crazy — on you it works.” – FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield

Stay tuned for more on Twin Peaks style, coming soon to

- Stephanie Fereiro

9 thoughts on “Twin Peaks Style, Part 2: This is a Damn Fine Cup of Coffee

  1. Great post! Anyone else agree that the Mayor that Kyle MacLachlan plays on “Portlandia” is Dale Cooper 20 years later? It’s in the same neck of the woods.

  2. have you seen him in showgirls?? the whole time i was like “nooo special agent dale cooper what are you doing you stop that right now!!” etc.

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