Windows at Bergdorf Goodman
Every year, just as the holiday season begins, our Fifth Avenue block between 57th and 58th street becomes quite the bustling milieu; there, amid the daily commuters and wide-eyed tourists, two familiar faces emerge from the passing scene. It’s Linda Fargo and David Hoey peering into the ever-changing tableau behind the glass.
For the past fourteen years, we have had the pleasure of hosting the wild imagination and artistry dreamed up by Linda, David and their talented Visual Team. Before every installation, we’re filled with anxious anticipation, giddy to see the brilliant new wonderland unfold before us. As Amy Fine Collins said, “[there's] such mystery when they are wrapped and dismantled to make way for new ones, under the cover of the night. Every few weeks it’s another opening, another show.”
And so, on the afternoon of the highly anticipated unveiling of our Holiday Windows, we are thrilled to announce our new book from Assouline, Windows at Bergdorf Goodman. Featuring photographs from Ricky Zehavi, this limited-edition tome revisits the legendary windows of the Women’s and Men’s Stores — from last year’s labyrinthine Holiday Staircase window (otherwise known as the most complex window in the history of window displays) and a New York City homage to Charles Ebbet’s iconic photograph Lunchtime Atop a Skyscraper to the legendary mannequin with the 15-foot, accessories-obsessed arm.
Always ornate, these visual confections are the result of a talented cast of artisans, collaborators and dreamers. Often showcasing art and photographs from myriad sources (The New Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, American Visionary Art Museum and the New York City Ballet — just to name a few), our windows build upon the fashion it presents, inviting the viewer into a theatric fantasy land where mannequins dressed in Dior and Alexander McQueen play in a gothic orchestra or mingle with thousands of curiosities found from all over the world and internet (one of the windows this season hosts one ton of rock crystals delivered from an Arkansas mine). “We’re drawn to extremes here,” says David. “Minimalism is great. Maximalism is too. What we avoid is medium-ism.”
Scroll down to see more images from the book and a sneak peek of
Follow Me, the making of our 2010 Holiday Windows
Images copyright Ricky Zehavi and John Cordes
Stay tuned: Monday, November 22
Bergdorf Goodman, Douglas Little, Dell Window Installation
Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows, 2007