Sunday, November 25, 2007

Confessions of a Window Dresser

Last fall, I was drawn into an unforeseen line of freelance work dressing windows and photographing windows at night for the downtown department store, Bergdorf Goodman. It was a bit like blindly falling in love with a lot of things all at once: an elegant old store, a team of creative people, an art director and his assistants, long and heated conversations in small and intimate spaces, and daily rituals that include ladder-climbing, painting, hanging, lifting, tiling, glueing, decorating, shopping and gazing at people on 5th Ave. and 58th Street.

The greatest efforts go into producing windows for the Christmas season, and this year's Christmas windows celebrate the late Tony Duquette, an eccentric and visionary artist and interior designer. Tony Duquette, like Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, began his career dressing windows for department stores. He later designed sets for Hollywood movies, Broadway musicals, ballets and operas, as well as interiors for commercial and public spaces. His Beverly Hill's estate, DAWNRIDGE, still serves as a design headquarters and was part of the inspiration for Bergdorf's DuQuette windows.

A book about this legendary figure written by Wendy Goodman and Hutton Wilkinson, his design collaborator and business partner, was recently released, and limited edition copies are currently on sale at Bergdorf Goodman for a mere $250. I have included some images from the book-signing party on November 14th depicting just a few of the many artists in the visual department whom are responsible for creating these magical windows, along with details of the windows themselves.

Hutton Wilkinson signing Tony DuQuette books

5th Ave. Window: "Earth"


5th Ave. Window: "Light"

David, Dmitri and Shane

5th Ave. Window: "Light"

Jay and Donna

5th Ave. Window: "Light"

Kevin and Florent

5th Ave. Window:"Light"

Randy, Maureen and Rubin

5th Ave. Window: "Water"

Hutton, David, Wendy and Linda

5th Ave. Window: "Water"

Ron and Shane

5th Ave. Shadowbox


5 Ave. Window: "Air"

Johanna and Ryan

5th Ave. Window: "Air"

Douglas and Shane

5th Ave. Window: "Fire"

Rubin and friend

5th Ave. Window: "Fire"

Ron and Jay

5th ave. Window #8

Brandon and J.J.


matt said...

what a great post.

happy thanksgiving tema!


myanthony said...

Tema, retails a trip isn't it?
It was great to be with you today. i think your magic dust hit me.I found some new clarity tonight.
keep being my friend on and off facebook.

Alex said...

If I dress like a candy cane can I get invited next year??? ;) No, I would go in Tom Ford black leather yowsah. xo A.