Growing up in Montana in the shadow of Glacier National Park, Jenn Rogien -- who calls herself a true "Rocky Mountain girl" -- could never have been prepared for the Brooklyn hipster aesthetic she's helped carve out on HBO's hit series "Girls." In fact, she never could have predicted she'd become a costume designer.
Ms. Rogien headed east after high school, accepted into Yale as a chemical engineering major. She had always been convinced she'd be well suited for the sciences. There was an underlying passion she had for theatre, however -- she often sneaked off to the set of the latest production when she should have been doing her homework -- and Ms. Rogien fell in love with the environment at the Yale drama department. They hired professional costume designers and students to serve as assistant designers, which gave her the first glimpse of costume design as a full-time career. Out of school, she got a job at Saks Fifth Avenue, which gave her the basis she needed to study further at Parsons School of Design before breaking into the TV world.
She chatted with us about what it's been like working on "Girls" with Lena Dunham, Allison Williams and the other actors, and gave us a taste of what to expect from the costumes on the new show she's working on, the Netflix original series "Orange is the New Black."