Happy 111th Anniversary to Bergdorf Goodman!
I suppose it’s not highly regarded to judge a book by its cover. But, what about its title? This book’s cover, though printed in my favorite shade of purple (i.e. Bergdorf’s purple), is quite simple. However with the title: Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman, for me, no further explanation was needed on why this is a must-have and I’m thrilled to be reviewing a copy!
Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf Goodman by Sara James Mnookin is a new illustrated book published to accompany the new fashion documentary (which shares the same name) to celebrate the store’s 111th Anniversary. Bergdorf Goodman was founded by master tailors Edwin Goodman and Herman Bergdorf in 1901. This is the first time Bergdorf‘s has marked its birthday since 1951.
And, what’s so great about Bergdorf’s? I hope you aren’t asking, but just in the case that you are: it’s where Grace Kelly ordered her wedding invitations, where Jacqueline Kennedy was outfitted for her dress for John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Ball, and where designers Halston and Michael Kors got their start- to name just a few standout points about this New York fashion institution.
The book is a collection of stories, anecdotes, and personal recollections by notable fashion designers, writers, employees, and celebrities. The contributions include reflections and pieces from notable individuals Christian Louboutin, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Candace Bergen, Michael Kors, Vera Wang, Kelly Wearstler, Thakoon, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Victoria Beckham, Jason Wu, Patrick McMullan, Rachel Zoe, and even Bergdorf Goodman’s very own fashion director, Linda Fargo. It presents an elegant display of past store window displays as well as original dress sketches from Balmain, Chanel, and Lanvin.
The book and documentary film launch in September 2012. The documentary film was directed by Matthew Miele and will debut at the Paris Theater. The month of September will begin a season of anniversary celebrations including dynamic window displays and a star-studded gala. Additionally, more than 100 designers have created items for an exclusive anniversary collection including ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, handbags, decorative items, home items, and a fragrance. These pieces include a one-of-a-kind Alexander McQueen ruched velvet dress, Christian Louboutin pyramid-studded platforms, evening looks from Oscar de la Renta and Akris, and an exclusive perfume called “754″ from Maison Francis Kurkdjjian.
Yes, rereading Anna Karenina will have to be pushed a bit to the side during the upcoming long weekend. I can’t wait to read my copy of Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf Goodman!
Page 89: Drawing: Balmain (B778), Bergdorf Goodman Imports, Evening, spring 1966. Courtesy of Fashion Institute of Technology/SUNY, FIT Library Department of Special Collections, and FIT Archives
BG_WINDOWS03 Page 107: Ricky Zehavi and John Cordes © 2012. “Subway Twister,” one of a set of windows inspired by New York City’s civic institutions, 2006.
BG_WINDOWS05 Page 185: Photograph: Ricky Zehavi and John Cordes © 2012. “Open All Night,” 2005, created for the publication of the book So80s by Patrick McMullan.
BG_WINDOWS06 Page 151: Photograph: Ricky Zehavi and John Cordes © 2012. “Gothic Splendor,” 2006, in collaboration with Douglas Little and House and Garden.
a peek inside my book!
VO_10_01_1969_p1 Page 190:Advertisement: “Saber Slim Tailor’s Triumph.” Vogue, October 1, 1969. Coat by Jack Sarnoff. Illustration: Larson, courtesy of Condé Nast.