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.
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Plot[ edit ] Dinky Bossetti is a year-old girl who was adopted as a baby. She appears to have little acceptance in her social circle, although it is not obvious which came first - her antisocial attitude or her being rejected by her peers. Her adoptive mother Rochelle is disappointed that the daughter she chose has no interest in "feminine" things, such as makeup and nice clothing. Her classmates ostracize, taunt, and throw things at her regularly. Dinky finds solace in her "Ark", a small cabin-boat beached on a lake shore. In and around the boat, Dinky has collected a menagerie of abandoned animals. As the story begins, Dinky is befriended by the new school guidance counselor Elizabeth Zaks, who recognizes her intelligence and spirit.