‘The X-Files’: How Agent Mulder’s Iconic Red Speedo Ended Up in The Smithsonian


The X-Files, the FOX sci-fi series, featuring 90s babes David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, is one of many on-going cult TV fandoms. In a memorable X-Files Season 2 episode, Duchovny wore a red Speedo that many fans swooned over. Now, that swimsuit is featured in a prominent Washington D.C. museum. How did it end up there?

‘The X-Files’ Sesaon 2 episode ‘Duane Barry’ and Agent Mulder’s famous red Speedo

David Duchovny AKA Agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files
X-Files star David Duchovny in 2016 | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

One of the museum’s curators argued that the artifacts from the sci-fi show indeed had cultural significance.

“The series is a significant representation of science fiction in television drama,” he said at the time. The curator said of the show’s impact:

The X-Files captured the genre’s penchant for the paranormal and cleverly used it to address such contemporary issues as governmental control, national and international conspiracy theories, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Duchovny revealed at Paley Fest in 2013 that the speedo indeed “something he owned, and lobbied to wear.” He also mentioned the swimsuit’s current residence at the Smithsonian.

How does Duchovny feel about the red Speedo now?

“I have regretted it ever since,” The X-Files star said.