Casual Cosplay, Fall Edition: #21 - The Black Lodge (Twin Peaks)

There are many ways to approach David Lynch / Mark Frost's Twin Peaks (1990-1991) through casual cosplay: Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), a simplified RR Diner waitress uniform, the log lady. However, when you do not want to single out a specific character, but pay homage to Twin Peaks in its entirety - may I suggest: The Black Lodge. With its beautiful black and white chevron / zig-zag floors and its wall-lined red curtains - it is an odd place to call beautiful, but it truly is a wonderful site.

Describing The Black Lodge to a non-Tweaks Peaks fan has its difficulties, but hopefully this post will entice you to give one of my favorite television shows a try (especially because the new episodes start in a few years).

The Black Lodge is an extra-dimensional place which seems to include, primarily, the "Red Room" or "The Waiting room", if you like. It is first seen by Agent Dale Cooper (you are encouraged to take a moment to swoon) in a dream in Season One. In addition to the chevron floor and red carpets, decorations include armchairs, a table, and floor lamps. There are no doors to speak of, therefore, to move from room to room (both rooms are identical) one must pass through red curtains and a narrow hallway that includes a statue of the Venus de Milo. In Season Two, we discover that dreams are not the only way to access The Black Lodge, but also a place surrounded by twelve young sycamore trees in Ghostwood Forest. You will also know it by a pool of a substance with the distinct smell of the scorched engine oil. The locals know this spot as Glastonberry Grove. 

The Lodge inhabitants includes distinct characters: a man described as The Giant, a smaller man that goes by the title The Man form Another Place and wears a solid red suit and speaks non-sequiturs. There is also Bob, the killer, and, of course, it's where Agent Cooper is able to have a conversation with the deceased Laura Palmer. 

It is The Black Lodge that connects all the evil elements of the series together: Bob, the mysterious presence fought by the Bookhouse Boys for generations, part of Windom Earle's mission. To understand The Black Lodge, one must know that there is also The White Lodge, a place of love and goodness. As described by Windom Earle: "Once upon a time, there was a place of great goodness, called the White Lodge. Gentle fawns gamboled there amidst happy, laughing spirits. The sounds of innocence and joy filled the air. And when it rained, it rained sweet nectar that infused one's heart with a desire to live life in truth and beauty." We never see The White Ldoge, but, Major Briggs describes his visits to Agent Dale Cooper (Briggs is a Major who deals in top secret paranormal type of activity).

The Black Lodge is the counterpart / shadow to The White Lodge. Deputy Hawk describes the legend of The Black Lodge that is known in Native Americans' mythology: "The legend says that every spirit must pass through there on the way to perfection. There, you will meet your own shadow self. My people call it 'The Dweller on the Threshold' ... But it is said, if you confront the Black Lodge with imperfect courage, it will utterly annihilate your soul." This is why Agent Dale Cooper is able to talk to Laura Palmer in his dream.

I could have went with a store bought skirt, but I loved the small print on this 2-yards of fabric I picked up for $8. Even my dog, Buster, approved. 

I could have went with a store bought skirt, but I loved the small print on this 2-yards of fabric I picked up for $8. Even my dog, Buster, approved. 

The Black Lodge is so iconic as Twin Peaks itself that it has been referenced in many television shows, books, music, and even artwork. Today, I pay homage through my fall casual cosplay series. To represent the floor, I made a skirt (with pockets) out of fabric with a white and black zig-zag pattern (my apologies, I do not have a tutorial to share at this time) and paired it with a red tank layered with a red cardigan - the curtains. I then autumn-ized the look with black opaque tights and a pair of heels (because heels seems much more Lynchian than boots). Now, do you hear Twin Peaks music playing in your head or are you inspired to dance in a red suit?