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Friday, December 18, 2009

Bergdorf Windows 2009

One of the best places you can be in the world at Christmas time is New York City. There are endless things to do and see - the Nutcracker, the tree and gardens at Rockefeller Center, the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. Sometimes the best things in life are free, such as the window displays around town, particularly the Fifth Avenue flagship icons: Bergdorf Goodman, Lord and Taylor, Tiffany's, and Saks. Just a stone's throw away are Barney's, Bloomingdales, and Macy's. And although the draw is the window displays themselves, don't miss the interiors of the large retailers - it's a good chance to get out of the cold and see the spectacular work done inside the shops.

The concept of holiday window display goes back to 1870 with Macy's. The ne plus ultra has to go to Bergdorf Goodman, who have won design awards for their work. Their window displays are a year round endeavor headed by David Hoey, Director of Visual Presentation. The windows have three exposures: 57th Street, Fifth Avenue, and 58th Street. The theme this year is Curiouser and Curiouser, inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The detail work and artistry is phenomenal - it is a must-see. See my gallery of the windows.

8 comments:

Nathalie said...

Georgeous windows and photos, thanks for sharing!

Terry B, Blue Kitchen said...

Wow. These are wonderfully, obsessively spectacular, Brian. Opulent and elegant, with a nice little Tim Burton/Edward Gorey playful darkness underneath.

An Honest Man said...

Over here, too often these window displays have been turned in hard sell of the goods inside, rather than the artistic endeavours they once were.

Great photos of great windows.

Vivien said...

Great photographer and blogger!

Blognote said...

Great photos! A sort of Alice-in-Christmas-Wonderland atmosphere...
I like it.

Sue's Place said...

Wish I could see these in person, but I'm so glad I got to enjoy them here. Great photos!

Lianne said...

awesome window displays!!

merry xmas :)

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m.fletcher said...

This is really nice! Thank you so much for posting these - now those far from NYC can still see some of the holiday displays.