When a young woman is named Dinky, you have to wonder: did the name cause her dinkiness or did a dinky nature give rise to the name? And when a movie fails to explain that name, is it a realistic touch - people don't discuss what they take for granted - or just a sloppy loophole? Its most certain feature is Winona Ryder's delicate, mature performance, which overcomes a hodegepodge of small-town cliches. The title character is a major gimmick, an unseen icon whose famous image hovers over Clyde, the Ohio town she left behind. Ryder plays the year-old outcast named Dinky Bossetti, Roxy's spiritual daughter and perhaps her biological child as well.
Dinky Bossetti is a year-old girl who was adopted as a baby. Her adoptive mother Rochelle is disappointed that the daughter she chose has no interest in "feminine" things, such as makeup and nice clothing. Her adoptive father, Les, passively allows his wife to scold Dinky and send her to various "counselors" who are little more than temporary jailers. Dinky's an unkempt goth kid who is constantly picked on at school, although it is not obvious which came first - her antisocial attitude or her being rejected by her mother and peers. Her teachers give her no support when classmates ostracize, taunt, and throw things at her.
By Austen Tosone. But Dinky Bossetti [Winona Ryder] experiences a transformation worthy of attention. So when she arrives at a party anticipating the homecoming of Roxy Carmichael, who Dinky suspects may be her birth mother, she opts for a floaty pink gown worthy of the prom queen title. We asked costume designer Betsy Heimann to tell us about the wardrobe she created for Dinky since Ryder herself was the original queen of goth and how the scene with the pink dress at the homecoming celebration transformed not just her wardrobe, but also her character. The interesting thing about it was that it was a real breakaway moment for her character, because she was early grunge.