Lena Dunham may have just landed her first Vogue cover at the age of 27, but it turns out she and her “Girls” co-star/BFF Jemima Kirke have actually both found their way into the venerable fashion magazine’s pages before they were even teenagers.
Shortly after Dunham’s February cover was revealed, the folks at Vogue dug up a story from March 1998, profiling their preternatural fashion sense. If you thought Dunham and Kirke were bothersome in their pretensions now, wait until you hear the things they were saying at 11 (Dunham) and 12 (Kirke).
“I tried to model this after Helmut Lang,” says Lena, showing off a shift she sewed herself. Her fashion pronouncements are something you’d expect from a woman (at least) three times her age: “I tend not to go for trends. You can only wear them for two weeks … I really like Jil Sander, but it’s so expensive … I find Calvin Klein really hard to respect because he’s everywhere. I view him as a clothesmonger … Manolo is really classy.” Then she returns to preteen reality–“But five dollars a week [i.e., her allowance] isn’t really enough. I’m just looking.”
“I never let my children wear Prada,” says Lorraine Kirke, an interior designer whose daughters’ style is causing a few waves in the fashion world. “Did I say they never wear Prada? Jemima went to school today in a Prada coat. Mine. I said to her, ‘You’re not wearing that to school.’ She just said, ‘Why not?’ and that was that.” Jemima is twelve, and her wardrobe makes Clueless look like Kmart. She saunters around her parents’ apartment in a pair of seventies patchwork trousers worn low-slung, a cashmere sweater from a flea market, and Adidas sneakers. She’s got a blue streak in her blonde hair and glitter on her eyelids. Very Fiona Apple.
Oh — and what they wanted to be when they grew up? “Lena says she’s a fashion designer in the making, and Jemima wants to be famous.”
Well, one out of two isn’t bad.
Sadly, Dunham’s designs never made the magazine, though Kirke’s photo ran with the story. And, hey, her friend only had to wait 16 years to level the playing field. Not bad, right?
What do you think about Dunham and Kirke’s preteen Vogue profile?