I’m not big on Christmas traditions, but every year I look forward to taking pictures of the Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows. While they have creative windows year-round, the holiday ones are particularly special. They make you feel festive without overt red and green displays or holiday props.
Most of the pictures I have are of the five main windows on 5th Avenue. While all three sides of the building have interesting windows, these five are the most elaborate. Sometimes I include pictures of the ones on 58th, such as the 17th century music room from 2005.
The pictures span 2004-2012, with breaks in 2006, 2009, and 2010 for various real-life reasons. For most years, I link to albums with some teaser thumbnails, but 2004’s pictures are a slideshow at the bottom. There’s around 200 total, so enjoy!
2012’s theme was the BG Follies, and the aesthetic was closer to 1930s glamor this year than the Baroque of past years. The overall image was eye-catching, but models in the forefront were emphasized and the backgrounds were less patterned. It was harder this year to take close-up pictures of whimsical objects which couldn’t be easily traced to a window, as I could in past years.
2011’s theme was the Carnivale of the Animals: The Brass Menagerie, Breaking the Ice, Testing the Waters, Teacher’s Pets, and Artists and Models. Teacher’s Pets was particularly fun to photograph.
2008’s theme was the four seasons–Spring and Winter are particularly whimsical. Compared to other years, 2008’s windows have a really narrow color palette, which is interesting since it’s tempting to define seasons by their obvious colors. Instead, the windows all fall into a cream-grey color scheme and the different fashions and objects set the mood.
2007’s theme was The Elements. The dinosaur tango and gingerbread parlor, reminiscent of 2005’s china parlor, are my favorite.
2004 didn’t fit on Flickr, so you can click on the images to have a full-sized slideshow here. I was still figuring out how to use a camera, so some have more glare, but I think the Venetian carnival window is still my favorite display across all years. Also like the lighting on the winter wonderland gate.