How much of a role does Lena have in coming up with the characters’ looks and deciding what they wear? Does she ever veto an outfit?
We are so collaborative, and I love working with Lena and Jenni [Konner] because they are the inspiration. They write the script. Lena created the characters. Sometimes, it’s very specific. For example, Adam’s pajamas–the union suit pajamas–were a very specifically scripted moment. It’s a complete dialogue, and very open. I love that about Girls and about Lena.
I’ve read in other interviews that you did a lot of people watching in Brooklyn as research. Do you still do that or do you feel like you have the look down?
I definitely still do that. I think I will always people watch all over New York City. It’s also been really interesting to see a few things reflected back. We’re starting to see a little bit of a Hannah look, but maybe it’s just because of what I’m looking for.
That’s interesting that you’re starting to see people dressed like the characters.
And I don’t know if it’s that they are or if it’s that I notice, but it is fun!
Can we talk about the wedding? What was it like putting that together? Did it take a long time?
It was fun and it was definitely a challenge. We have six days of prep for each episode. Lena threw me some hints that there was a special event coming our way and it was helpful to get a little bit of extra time preparing for it. She also said she was really looking for people to look the best that they had all season. That was fun because it was very different from what we do the rest of the season, which is make them look real.
I knew very early on that we would be looking for a dress for Jessa. We did an inspiration board; we looked at a lot of vintage pieces; we looked at some current runway and we really wanted to find something that would be true to her character’s spirit. We found it at an incredible vintage boutique–Geminola, which Jemima’s mother owns. We fit her dress and then we fit her shoes. I actually custom made the veil and the headpiece. Of course, we wanted Jemima to feel comfortable and radiant in the look. We wanted Lena and Jenni to feel like that was the right look for that moment because it was a big moment for her.
What were the shoes? Weren’t they like blue suede?
They were blue suede Alexander McQueen with the gold skull. Jemima and I both thought it was very appropriate in that it was a little bit of a nod to bridal tradition. It was a little punk, rock-and-roll, and it’s very Jessa to be very free-spirited and sort of follow the rules and then not follow the rules at all.
Hanna also looked more pulled together than usual.
That was a great little Theory dress that we actually fit her in at the very beginning of the season. Lena and I both said that we love this dress, and we don’t know if there is going to be a moment for it but let’s hold onto it. It turned out to be right for that episode, and I think it’s the prettiest we’ve ever seen Hannah look and I think it was a really nice way to close out the season in terms of a look and in terms of where she is with her character.
I know that you guys have begun filming season two. Are there any big costume moments that are coming up that you can talk about? Does anyone’s style change dramatically?
The season does pick up very shortly after season one so anything that we are doing is very subtle. We’re supporting where the girls find themselves as the season opens and true to Hannah’s style, she’s following the beat of her own drummer and pursuing a trend that only she’s aware is happening.
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