Lena Dunham, the creator, star, and executive producer of HBO’s massive hit comedy Girls, is partnering with her co-showrunner, executive producer Jenni Konner, for another HBO comedy series set in New York City. HBO has optioned All Dressed Up And Everywhere To Go, the upcoming memoir of long-time Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper Betty Halbreich. Dunham and Konner plan to share scripting duties on the project, which will explore the life of Halbreich, who has spent decades working alongside the rich and famous as their personal fashion plate.
Halbreich, at age 85, is currently still running her Bergdorf-based personal shopping service, exercising the same fashion sensibilities that made her such a success when she launched the business in 1976. As been both dresser and confidante to three generations of Manhattan’s elite, Halbreich has worked with such stars as Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katie Couric, Glenn Close and Joan Rivers. In addition, she’s worked as a consultant for various movies and TV shows, most notably helping to design the signature look for HBO’s Sex And The City, while also shaping the Manhattan fashion style of early Woody Allen films.
The legendary fashion figure is described as “part Angela Lansbury and part Lucille Ball”, and is known every bit as much for her zippy one-liners as for her keen fashion sensibilities. The memoir is expected to offer a behind-the-scenes look into the world of high fashion, and will likely benefit onscreen from Dunham’s frank comedic sensibilities.
HBO’s Girls was a big winner at the Golden Globes earlier this month, scoring two wins, for Best Comedy Series and Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Dunham. The series, now in its second season, has already been renewed for a third.
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