Lena Dunham requested Christopher Kane a query—sort of out of the blue—just a few months again over textual content. “She stated, ‘By the best way, I’m getting married, and I’d love so that you can do the gown.’ I used to be like, that got here out of nowhere, however yeah completely,” Kane says over Zoom two days after Dunham married musician Luis Felber in an intimate ceremony on the Union Membership in London’s Soho neighborhood. “I had no thought she was seeing somebody.” They didn’t have a lot time; their first becoming was two and a half weeks earlier than the marriage. However they’d a shared imaginative and prescient.
“Have you learnt what? We form of got here up with the identical thought,” Kane says. “I knew she liked the ’60s, and he or she was brides like Sharon Tate, June Carter Money, and Priscilla Presley. There’s additionally one thing concerning the Holy Communion world, regardless that she’s Jewish. For me, rising up in Scotland, it was an enormous deal. Your Holy Communion and the proper little gown. It was so bizarre that kids had been dressed up in these bridal outfits. We favored that subversive world. That’s what Lena loves too.”
The gown Dunham wore for the ceremony, the primary of three, is laced with this subversive backstory. If you happen to didn’t comprehend it, although, you’d simply see the bride. “When she first walked out into the room the place it was, folks had been actually in awe. They actually stood again and had been crying,” says the British designer who struck up a friendship with Dunham after dressing her for the Met Gala in 2019; she and Jemima Kirke attended the Camp-themed occasion with Kane, decked out in mini clothes that learn “Rubberist” and “Looner,” respectively, with latex gloves.
When Kane met Dunham for her first becoming at her house, he had created a number of toiles of clothes for her to attempt on. He assumed they would want choices. “Whenever you do brides, they assume they know what they need, however then they go the other method,” Kane says. “So you need to have all these choices prepared. Lena knew what she wished and he or she wasn’t altering her thoughts. She tried it on and that was it. That was the one.” The gown was modeled after look 54 from his fall 2019 runway present, with lace bishop sleeves and Kane’s signature cupcake skirt (which dramatically puffs out due to layers of organza and crinoline). Paired with white tights, white footwear, and a floor-length veil affixed with a tiny bow, Dunham’s look was, as Kane says, “virtually doll-like.” Her grandmother’s watch was sewn into the organza of the skirt: one thing blue. She wore her mom’s Artwork-Deco earrings and a pendant created from certainly one of her grandmother’s earrings as a necklace.