ICONIC AMERICAN DIRECTOR, ACTOR, MUSICIAN, VISUAL ARTIST AND MUCH MORE, DAVID LYNCH BROUGHT TO LIFE TO SOME OF THE MOST INTRIGUING CHARACTERS ON SCREEN.
Back in 1997 the director tapped Italian bombshell Isabella Rossellini as Dorothy Vallen, the femme fatale of his neo-noir thriller Blue Velvet, and it’s arguably the most memorable film role of her dynamic career. The Blue Lady’s iconic velveteen robes and shimmering gowns not only pulled Jeffrey Beaumont into Lumberton’s seedy underbelly, but have us hooked on her hazy nightclub vibes, too.
Then we have Alice Wakefield, played by Patricia Arquette – the scheming, seductive blonde bombshell that Lost Highway craved… It’s no surprise that the character takes her sartorial cues from the decade’s most succesful film looks (think Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct).
Lynch is no stranger to outside the box casting choices, and his selection for the flame haired antagonist of his adaptation of sci-fi novel Dune was no less surprising: who better to play Feyd-Rautha – the intergalactic sadist – than the relatively harmless Police frontman Sting?
No one served smouldering 50s schoolgirl realness like Miss Audrey Horne. While Twin Peaks cancellation left many an unsolved mystery in small town Washington state, perhaps the most burning of these unanswered questions is how anyone managed to make printed cardigan sets and pleated plaid skirts so sexy. We’ll see how Sherilyn Fenn reinterprets her character’s cult style for the modern era when Twin Peaks in less than a week.
While Twin Peaks’ James Hurley might have been Lynch’s most smokin’ jailbird, Sailor Ripley was definitely his best dressed, stabbin’ and steerin’ down the open highway with leading lady Lula. Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern gave legendary performances for Lynch’s Wild at Heart road movie. Sailor’s signature snakeskin jacket not only represents “a symbol of his individuality and belief in personal freedom”, but also represents him looking like a total badass; while his wild woman’s black bodycon dresses, deep red leotards, cropped motorcycle jackets, and wavy blonde hair blowing through the wind.