"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." L. Frank Baum famously wrote in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." The 2013 documentary, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's draws back the curtains for a peek into the history and inner workings of luxury goods institution, Bergdorf Goodman. Although Bergdorf's is rather exclusive in it's offerings, one would not be alone in marveling at their legendary window displays which have rendered many a passerby speechless, bringing joy to hearts young and old.
Personally, the real gem of this film was learning about the people and the process by which these exquisite, detailed wonder cabinets are created. Tips from BG's Visual Director, David Hoey here and below some extra content that was not in the film. Coincidentally, Mr. L. Frank Baum wrote the first book on window dressing, called The Art of Decorating Dry Goods Windows and Interiors in 1900. Another great article on window dressing can be found in Worn Fashion Journal, issue 13, which can be purchased here and/or an excerpt of which can be found here. Dreamy. Speaking of dreams, did you see today's Google doodle? Happy Birthday Mr. Hughes.
"Hold fast to dreams. For if dreams die. Life is a broken-winged bird. That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams. For when dreams go. Life is a barren field. Filled with snow." (Dreams by Langston Hughes, 1902-1967)
This here is a celebration at the intersection of