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Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman

IN WORDS AND PICTURES

IN 1901, BERGDORF GOODMAN OPENED AS A DRESS ATELIER ON FIFTH AVENUE AT 19TH STREET. OVER THE YEARS, WE’VE MOVED UPTOWN AND UP IN THE WORLD. THIS SEASON GET IN ON THE STORIES: WE’RE RELEASING A BOOK AND A DOCUMENTARY FILM.

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman is an anthology of personal recollections from notable designers, celebrities, writers and employees. You’ll hear from luminaries such as Michael Kors, Manolo Blahnik and Alber Elbaz. Here are some highlights from inside the walls of BG.

“I really don’t know when Bergdorf entered my perception because my mom would bring me here on outings. There used to be a doorman at Bergdorf who would park her car. I’m not kidding. My mother would come and leave her car, and this guy would watch it. For the whole day. And she wasn’t some crazy-rich customer. She was a bourgeois lady from Brooklyn!” — ISAAC MIZRAHI, DESIGNER

“My own daughter was two and a half weeks late being born, so I was huge—I had put on sixty pounds and had to wear muumuus. And I used to lurch through Bergdorf—at the time, I lived just up the street. One day, I noticed another shopper looking quizzically and finally she came over and said, ‘You know, you have Candice Bergen’s face.’ — CANDICE BERGEN, ACTRESS

“The first and only time I ever modeled in a store window was at Bergdorf Goodman. It was a sunny day, so it was boiling after five seconds in the window. I was very animated at first—moving around. After ten minues, there was a massive amount of people watching. It was like being onstage—a very funny experience. It was just very, very hot. After fifteen minutes, I had to get out.” — CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, DESIGNER

BG Film Illustration

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, a new documentary film, features venerable New Yorkers, fashion personalities and designers as they describe their connection to BG. There are appearances from Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, Oscar de la Renta, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, Jason Wu and many more glittering figures. Get an inside look at the preparation of the legendary holiday windows—a year in the making—that attract visitors from around the world. Meet Betty Halbreich, an institution in her own right, who dresses the most powerful names in fashion, politics and entertainment. It’s an intimate look inside the walls of a store unlike any other.

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