The Big Follies of 2012
Fantasy, drama and extraordinary fashion come together to create spectacle at the Bergdorf Goodman windows this holiday season, where the luxury retailer revives the theatrical wonders of the Jazz Age.
Atrue New York spectacle, the holiday windows at captivates the audience with its 2012 windows, entitled
are inspired by the lavish performances of American popular entertainment of the 1920’s and 30’s-- the Jazz Age.
“BG Follies of 2012,”
According to the retailer’s press release, the windows evoke the glorious era of Art Deco theatre palaces re-creating the sumptuous atmosphere of the Ziegfeld Follies, the verve of Busby Berkeley’s Hollywood musicals and the bounce of Vaudeville revues. Rightly named as ‘Acts’, the five main
reveal various performers framed by gold-leafed prosceniums.
I, the display titled
is inspired by the all-girl orchestra craze of the 1920s, later immortalized in the Billy Wilder film "Some Like It Hot." Giving an aerial perspective, the stylish orchestra is set upon an elaborate black and white checkered ballroom floor. Individual musicians adorn black, white, and metallic dresses by Marc Jacobs, Phillip, Lim, Elie Saab and others. Creating the perfect scene, a group of six perform on piano, drums and a variety of silver-plated musical instruments. Named is set in an environment created entirely out of millions of white feathers. The Art Decopatterned backdrop is a hand-crafted mosaic of feathers, while a sextet of stylized whitefeathered birds and peacocks add drama. The atmosphere is soft, ultra elegant, and extravagant, with a hint of Minsky's Burlesque. The window features a mannequin inspired by the famous early 20th century fan dancer, Sally Rand. The mannequin, flanked by two oversized, Art Deco chandeliers, poses with her large feather fans while wearing a short white fringed dress by Marchesa.
In Act III, the display
features two dozen showgirls preparing to take their places for curtain call. Aptly named
the showgirls are a collection of authentic antique 1940s miniature mannequins. Ranging in height from12 to 48 inches, the models have been transformed by Bergdorf Goodman into miniature replicas of Ziegfeld Follies showgirls from the 20s. They are dressed in elaborate gold, lace, and metallic custom-made gowns and headdresses. They
Window 1 Act I - ‘Tuning Up’
Window 2 Act II - ‘Rhapsody in Feathers’