What do The Smashing Pumpkins, Sofia Coppola, Bill Murray, and David Lynch have in common? The sartorial wizard that is Nancy Steiner, of course. Having cut her teeth working in a Santa Monica punk rock shop in the early 1980s, Steiner is one of the most prolific costume designers working today. Kurt Cobain’s grandpa sweater? That was her. Gwen Stefani’s little ’40s frock from “Don’t Speak”? Came from Steiner’s closet. The haunting ’70s styles worn in Coppola’s dreamy 1999 take on The Virgin Suicides? Also the work of Steiner. Abigail Breslin’s Little Miss Sunshine leotard? Yep, you have Steiner to thank for that, too. With a resume that ranges from dressing the Red Hot Chili Peppers to fashioning the looks for Lost in Translation, there’s not much Steiner hasn’t done. But her latest project, working on David Lynch’s hotly anticipated Twin Peaks reboot (debuting next year on Showtime) might be her biggest—or, at the very least, most daunting—yet. Here, Steiner talks Lynch’s impenetrable brain, the flawless Audrey Horne, and why old people have the most intriguing outfits.
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