Bergdorf Goodman Windows
Window dressing is a completely underappreciated art form. The windows at Bergdorf Goodman are by far the best in the city, if not the world, always weaving whimsical narratives with incredible vintage props, contemporary clothing and sometimes even borrowed master paintings!
Bergdorf Goodman first opened in 1901 when tailor Herman Bergdorf took on apprentice Edwin Goodman. Their first shop was on 32nd St, then moved to a large department store in 1914 on the site of what is now Rockefeller Center. The current location opened on the west side of 5th Avenue in 1928, on the site of the Cornelius Vanderbilt mansion.
The most famous windows are at Christmas, but I find them especially impressive at Halloween. Also the subject of a new coffee table book by Assouline, Visual director David Hoey says that windows can sometimes take up to SIX YEARS to plan an execute! With the incredible amount of props, it is easy to believe that.
Being on the tourist heavy Fifth Avenue near Central Park, I highly suggest visiting the windows late night, unless you want to dodge a constant stream of people looking for FAO Schwartz.
What: Bergdorf Goodman Windows
Where: 754 5th Avenue at 58th Street
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