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Lena Dunham: Girls costumes are fantasies

Lena Dunham says the Girls wardrobe is all about "unsuccessful fantasies".

The 26-year-old created and stars in the hugely popular HBO series about the lives of a group of young women living in New York City.

The show is famed for its realistic script and even the clothes are based on Lena's own experiences and bad fashion choices.

“We spend a lot of time talking about that outfit you can’t believe you wore but you know you spent three days dreaming up,” she laughed to the New York Times.

“The clothes are really meant to reflect the fantasy the girls have about themselves and are sort of unsuccessfully fulfilling.”

Lena works in collaboration with costume designer Jennifer Rogien to dress the series' characters in appropriate outfits.

Lena's character Hannah often sports outfits that don't quite flatter her curvy figure, whereas her on-screen best friend Marnie, played by Allison Williams, favours a sophisticated look.

“Sometimes we tailor the clothes to fit [Hannah] even worse,” Jennifer admitted.

“[Marnie's] very put together. She’s trying really hard to be professional, to be grown-up and sometimes she overshoots.”

One of the characters who puts the most thought into her look is self-conscious Shoshanna, played by Zosia Mamet.

“It’s about the proper attire for every moment. Even her pyjamas match,” Zosia smiled.

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