Henri Bendel: Hirschfeld Spectacular



Woody Allen, Carol Channing, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Stiller, Sarah Jessica Parker with Matthew Broderick, Liza Minnelli, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Bernadette Peters  have a dinner party in New York!  And  you are invited- not to join them but to see the  window show in the upscale  Henri Bendel Store this holiday.
Henri Willis Bendel  was  an American businessman and  fashion designer  who  first  bring the designs of Coco Chanel over to the United States from Paris. He registered his trademark in 1895. Bendel attracted clients like the Astors and the Vanderbilts by importing designer wares and  staging New York City's first-ever fashion show.
The "Hirschfeld Spectacular" is a tribute to the late illustrator who is considered by many to be the greatest line artist of the modern era.
 You will find more info about the artist in my next post.

There is a   two-story tree, covered in malachite and punctuated with 15 Swarovski Crystal Chandeliers  in the center of the atrium inside the store. Atop the tree is Al Hirschfeld’s Charlie Chaplin, also sculpted in three dimensions, looking down at all who enter the store.





Audrey Hepburn  at “Breakfast At Tiffany’s  by Hirschfeld and in the Bendel’s window


Charlie Chaplin on the top of the tree and in Al Hirschfeld’s drawing



Could you find here who is who?