I might not live in NYC but Bergdorf Goodman were nice enough to send me pictures and information about their 2010 holiday windows called Wish You Were Here.
Reminiscent of a patinated Vaudeville stage set, “The Scenic Routeâ€ features an antique caboose pulling out of the station. A hand painted moving backdrop animates the scene while a mannequin dressed in an Oscar de la Renta gown makes her exit stage right.
“Full Speed Aheadâ€ takes viewers inside a ship rolling gently on a sea voyage. Amidst a lavish collection of nautical antiques, a mannequin clad in a one-of-a-kind striped outfit by designer Naeem Khan keeps company with an international cadre of miniature antique sailors..
“Day Trippingâ€ invites viewers to come along for a spur-of-the-moment jaunt to the moon. The glittery lunar dreamscape is inspired by the 1902 silent film, “Le Voyage Dans La Luneâ€ by Georges Melies, plus a generous dose of mid-century touches a la Flash Gordon and an aquatic nod to Jules Verne.
In “A Guided Tour,â€ a gigantic gold and ivory wooden Pegasus set against a hand painted medieval-style mural illustrates an especially glamorous method of air travel.
In the final window a Victorian-style flying machine has been inventively concocted out of bicycle and carriage parts and components from a vintage hot air balloon. Attended by a team of uniformed simian grease monkeys, it’s clearly “Ready For Takeoff.â€
There is also a video about the making of the windows.
images: courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman