Lena Dunham's new show: All Dressed Up And Everywhere To Go, about Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper Betty Halbreich, in development.

Lena Dunham Is Working on a New Show

Lena Dunham Is Working on a New Show

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Jan. 31 2013 3:26 PM

Lena Dunham Is Working on a New Show

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Nellie Andreeva at Deadline is reporting that HBO has optioned the forthcoming memoir All Dressed Up And Everywhere To Go, by Betty Halbreich, and that Lena Dunham and Girls executive producer Jenni Konner are set to write the show. TV fans who find Girls too concerned with the lives of privileged New Yorkers may be, shall we say, less than interested in this one: Halbreich runs a personal shopping service at Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan.

As Judith Thurman put it in a New Yorker profile of Halbreich last year, "Bergdorf Goodman has been dressing New York's one percent for more than a century." Halbreich, Andreeva says, is famous for spending "decades working with the rich and famous."


There's a rather meta twist to this project as well: Halbreich, as Andreeva notes, helped "design the signature look for HBO’s Sex And The City." (She also also worked on early Woody Allen movies.) Thurman calls Halbreich a "petite dynamo of 85," and Andreeva says the Chicago native is known for "her unpretentious attitude and tart one-liners."

All Dressed Up and Everywhere to Go will be Halbreich's second book, after Secrets of A Fashion Therapist. It is not yet clear when this show, if it all comes together, would finally reach HBO. Dunham will certainly be busy for the next while, with both a  book and another season of Girls already on her plate.

David Haglund is the literary editor of NewYorker.com.