The Big Fol­lies of 2012

VM&RD - - WINDOW DISPLAY - Which Bergdorf Good­man win­dows Fifth Av­enue ‘Tuning Up’ "Rhap­sody in Feath­ers," Act II Minia­ture," “Fol­lies in

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.

In Act

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’

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