Monday, January 6, 2014

Scatter My Ashes Documentary

I was flattered to be interviewed about my work making holiday windows at Bergdorf Goodman,
and to be filmed while installing them in the documentary (and accompanying bookScatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s is available to view on Netflix Streaming and DVD.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Performing Seal

This fall I created a mosaic seal for the Bergdorf Holiday windows, with the help of the
excellent Kristen Jensen.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Paper Magazine II

I had a great day with some old friends. I was thrilled to art direct the fall/winter fashion story for Paper Magazine at Milk Studios. Autumn de Wilde photographed, Shurley Kurata styled, and Danny Balgley painted the beautiful backdrops. Big thanks to Mickey Boardman for making the engine run.

For more images and info on the shoot, please visit:

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cardboard Luxury for Bergdorf Goodman

I have been reprising these cardboard trompe-l'oeil suitcases for David Hoey at Bergdorf Goodman occasionally over the years. This is the third or fourth outing for them that I know of, and I was pleased to paint a custom mural to complement them for this summer's travel windows. 

Here's an earlier version, installed on Fifth Avenue back in 2007:

Friday, March 9, 2012

Paper Magazine

I was happy to be invited by my old friend Autumn de Wilde to prop style a Spring Fashion Feature last month for Paper Magazine, "Cowboys & Indians". I was honored to borrow a backdrop from Malcolm Hill, a beautiful cow skull from George Terry, and to have the help of Miss Jenny Blumenfield for the day. The feature is now online at the link above, but here are a few highlights.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Bill Cunningham

The incomparable Bill Cunningham has made my year just a little more worthwhile!

I met Mr. Bill Cunningham (finally) this year while I was finishing the install. It was a real honor to meet him, he is a treasure to New York and a wonderfully devoted artist. I am a huge fan. Not incidentally, I was also quite charmed that he refused the sneak peek that was offered to him that afternoon, choosing to wait until the curtain was open and the window was ready.

And he called me "kid."

Please follow this link to the video:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Results Are In!

New York Magazine has taken a pollfor the best holiday window, and the results are in...
and it's Bergdorf by a landslide!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Return of The Crocodile

I have a special place in my heart for this crocodile, and I'm pleased
to see that Bergdorf's seems to feel the same way. He's come a long
way from his humble beginnings, resting on a piece of cardboard in
the workroom:

To the 2010 "Trip to the Moon" window:

To holding handbags once:


Three Times:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Aquarium Window: Completed

Testing The Waters
from Bergdorf Goodman's 2011 holiday series Carnival of the Animals.

Art Direction - David Hoey
Mosaic Fish & Custom Swimcap - Brett Day Windham
Couture Gown - Alexander McQueen Spring 2012
Photograph - Ricki Zehavi
Lighting - Randy Gunderson

Monday, November 21, 2011

Aquarium Window: Part Three

Following are some images from the complex installation of the Aquarium Window:

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Aquarium Window: Part Two

I was asked to make a swim cap/headdress to suit the Spring 2012 Couture Alexander McQueen Dress shown in the holiday "Aquarium" window. I used shells, hair extensions, paint, plaster and glue to make a swim cap worthy of Esther Williams, and kept with the wild and almost military vibe that carries through much of the McQueen look.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Aquarium Window: Part One

For the Bergdorf Goodman 2011 Holiday Windows, Windows Director David Hoey asked me to create a series of more than 30 hand mosaic-tiled fish for the Fifth Avenue window we came to call "The Aquarium." All the tile we used were from Sicis, in Ravenna, Italy.  (Sicis was commissioned to create the backdrop as well.) I tried to combine this beautiful tile with a combination of vintage rhinestones, beads, shells, cabochons and gold leaf to create a rich and textured look for the window. I began the project in March of 2011, and completed it in November. I had a fantastic team of artist assistants working with me to cover each fish in cut glass mosaic.

We continued on to hand paint and assemble a coral reef for the window, and I stayed up late one night to make a headdress that would complement the McQueen Spring 2012 Couture Gown shown in the window. I am excited about the result, and appreciate the opportunity Mr. Hoey provided, letting me produce the window.

Following are some production photos of the window - in progress:

Knit Spectacular

In September I created a performance for Bergdorf Goodman's 2011 Fashions' Night Out extravaganza. I worked on this piece collaboratively with Jill Lindsey, of JL&Trust. We were inspired by the amazing and heartfelt work of Liz Collins "Knitting Nation" and by the intrinsically performative properties of the vintage knitting machine.

After designing single and tri-colored fabric in 100% Alpaca, we commissioned  fair-trade knitters in South America to make 12 foot-long expanses of fabric, which we then added to (in the live performance)  from inside the window. We each knitted on a vintage knitting machine, while chatting and laughing and having a little champagne. At the end of the performance, we stood up, undid the bow at our neck that tied us into the dress, and climbed out of the window.

We wore red yarn wigs concocted by the incomparable Neil Grier, and were accompanied by Anne Hill, a fantastic artist and crafter in her own right. To our delight, Bergdorf Goodman allowed us to wear red laquered super-stilettos by Valentino.

My sketch for the window:

The performance!

The crowd watching:

A detail of Anne (left) and Jill in the window:

Summer Party


I was asked by James Aguiar of Bergdorf Goodman to make the environment for a surprise summer birthday party at Bergdorf Goodman in August 2011. The theme that we started with was "dragonflies."

I created a 16-foot long Japanese-inspired screen with linen covers, paint and gold leaf. There were hundreds of wired brass dragonflies emerging from the screen at different levels as though they were flying across the landscape. They were also attached to the walls of the room, buzzing the centerpiece and gracing the table. We created the centerpiece with purple blooming air plants (tillandsea), hand-painted vines and soldered dragonflies. There were also little handmade dragonfly ornaments on the gift boxes, and I used watercolors to paint Japanese paper fans for each of the eleven guests.

The air plant, our source of initial inspiration:

The room screen in progress:

The fans, with dragonfly charms:

 A fan, opened and perched in the centerpiece:

The dragonfly ornaments:

The party was concocted and perfected by Mr. Aguiar,
with beautiful place settings, menu and even an ice sculpture to beat the summer heat.

Alexander McQueen

I was happy to be asked to create headdresses for the Bergdorf Goodman Windows celebrating Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in May 2011. I was charged with re-imagining the hairstyles from McQueen's last runway show "Plato's Atlantis" out of mirror pieces. I used pink foam, magic smooth, paint, leftover antique Venetian mirror pieces, new mirrored tile and adhesive to create a simulation of the high, futuristic, braided and sprayed look from the show:

The headdresses in progress:

The finished work before being installed in the window:

The window, with lion by Burke and Pryde studio:

Reference image from the runway: