Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows

New York.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit quite like the unveiling of Bergdorf Goodman's windows. To celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, we teamed up with the fine folks at Bergdorf's to go behind the scenes and unveil the making of the iconic windows. The Coveteur got an exclusive look at the labor-intensive process of “BG Follies of 2012,” which enlists skilled men and women who sew, spray-paint and sculpt for hours (and hours) on end.

Seeing the BG team hard at work in their studio was really like our own little visit to Santa's workshop; the level of commitment to their craft is unparalleled, and truly remarkable to see in action. We had no idea how much skill goes into the holiday windows until we got to see the whole production come together piece by piece. From the gilded window frames, to the giant silver starbursts and crystal chandeliers, each element of the display worked to capture a theatrical fantasy world straight out of the 1920s. It was equally fascinating to watch the dressing of the mannequins; who knew they required their own make-up artist (false lashes, included)?

Alongside custom gowns by Naeem Khan, and a look straight from Sarah Burton's Alexander McQueen runway, were pieces by the likes of Elie Saab, Marc Jacobs and 3.1 Phillip Lim. We were wowed by the bird's eye-view black-and-white dancefloor, inspired by Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot. With feathers, sequins and jewels, the attention to detail was astonishing: from the mini Ziegfeld Follies showgirls to the Minsky’s Burlesque-inspired mannequin of Sally Rand (wearing fringed Marchesa, no less!). Let’s take a trip back to the 1920s Art Deco era, shall we?
As part of a sponsored project with Bergdorf Goodman.



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