2009 November 19
Through Bergdorf’s Looking Glass
Hoey was in the process of finishing the red and black "game window," stepping back to soak in the display and then getting inside the window himself to make adjustments. "The fashion that eventually goes into the window is not decided upon when we land on a theme," he explained. "First, we choose an idea and stick with it. The further along in the year we get, we start looking at the runway shows and hope we can find things to fit our theme. Miraculously, we always luck out! Sometimes it looks like we started with the dress and worked the window around it." McQueen, fittingly, will go in the card game room, featured alongside kings and jokers.
"We’re very obsessive about materials," Hoey revealed. "We like to choose one and then make an entire window out of it." This year the Bergdorf super-team dreamed up realms made entirely of paper and glass. With a host of fantasy lands to choose from, The Daily had to ask the window wunderkind which room he would choose to spend the night in. He answered without missing a beat. "The wooden staircase room!" Hoey’s personal favorite resembles a jigsaw puzzle pieced together with delicate staircases from a bevy of dollhouses, which took a year and a half to collect, scouring all corners of the world from tiny antique stores to eBay. "I really can’t believe this myself, and I’ve seen the entire process!" Hoey admitted.
Bergdorf Goodman invites you to venture into the other side of the looking glass, where Alice, white rabbits, kings and McQueens await, from Friday, November 20th until January 6th. Bill Cunningham is surely waiting eagerly.
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