NEW YORK — Sitting in traffic by Bergdorf’s last weekend, we saw David Hoey, Senior Director for Visual Presentation at Bergdorf Goodman, peel back the curtain to reveal one of the 2017 holiday windows. The fantasy was real. It felt like we were on the set of Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s (a fabulous feature of the months of preparation for the signature window displays.)
Bergdorf’s windows are a romanticised icon to New York, the holidays, glamour, luxury, and America. They have inspired documentaries, earned a rabidly devoted following, and drawn traffic-stopping crowds for the annual — highly buzzed about and kept fiercely under wraps — holiday windows.
This year’s Bergdorf holiday windows are entitled, “To New York With Love,” which capture the city’s appreciation for the visual arts, history, music, film, and more by showcasing seven iconic New York institutions.
In the New York Philharmonic window, neon instruments light up before a gown-clad conductor.
Two imagined gardeners sit in a psychedelic botanical library surrounded by flora created by Brooklyn-based fiber artists Burke & Pryde Studio.
Against a backdrop of screens showing old movies, Hoey and team created an ode to Old Hollywood glamour in an Art Deco style.
The Museum’s window features dinosaur skeletons encrusted in 1.5 million individual Swarovski crystals. It took 350 hours to adorn the dinosaurs.
Artist Mark Gagnon created papier-mâché versions of New Yorkers from eras past.
An imagined cabaret.