Q+A: Lorraine Kirke On Vintage, Prom, & Mother’s Day With Her Girls

Even if you don’t know Lorraine Kirke by name, if you’re a fan of HBO’s Girls (as we most definitely are), you’ve seen her designs play a part in some pivotal scenes. And, of course, there’s the fact that her daughter Jemima stars as the bohemian, intermittently employed Jessa.

Lorraine is the proprietor of Geminola, a treasure trove of a West Village boutique filled with a panoply of her one-of-a-kind clothing and interiors, and she filled us in on her favorite decades to plumb for inspiration, her pretty, vintage-inspired summer collection, and if any of her three daughters wore Geminola to prom. Plus, she shared a family photo of the Kirke clan snapped this Mother’s Day!

Styleite: What do you most look forward to about summer style?
Lorraine Kirke: Not wearing shoes!

Do you have a favorite piece from the new collection?
The Kristina dress! I’m loving a full tea length skirt.

All of your pieces are one-of-a-kind. Do any of the fabrics you used this season have an unexpected backstory?
They’re all pre-’50s rayon fabric. Each of the new styles is remade in different yardage.

Do you have a favorite decade to look to for inspiration?
Cool prints from the ’30s and ’40s. In the ’40s, because of the war, people had to use alternative cheaper fabrics with beautiful colors.

Happy (belated) Mother’s Day! Did you and your daughters do anything special to celebrate?
Yes, all four of my children and five grandchildren came over to my house for dinner.

Prom season is upon us. Do you have many high school customers coming in looking for dresses?
Yes, we’re waiting for one now!

Did your daughters wear Geminola for their proms? Did you go to one yourself?
Lola wore a vintage piece that I found, but I went to school in England and we didn’t have proms.

Check out pieces from the summer line below, and see Jemima model the wares alongside sisters Domino (a musician and doula) and Lola (an actress):

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