Hirschfeld Holiday at Henri Bendel
It’s definitely a Hirschfeld Holiday at Henri Bendel. Woody Allen, Carol Channing, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Stiller, Sarah Jessica Parker with Matthew Broderick, Liza Minnelli, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Bernadette Peters are appearing as three-dimensional Al Hirschfeld drawings enjoying a festive dinner party in the New York Flagship Henri Bendel store window this holiday.
Visitors will see the main window of the Henri Bendel flagship store transformed into the resplendent formal dining room of a classic New York townhouse in the midst of a holiday party.
The celebrated party guests — all Al Hirschfeld’s line drawings translated into three dimensions — include: Carol Channing, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Stiller, Sarah Jessica Parker with Matthew Broderick, Liza Minnelli, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Bernadette Peters, and Woody Allen.
I have placed all of the 3D sculptures in the window next to the original Hirschfeld drawings for you.
Carol Channing is as Hirschfeld drew her in “Hello Dolly!”:
Sarah Jessica Parker appears as she was drawn in “Sex And The City”by Hirschfeld:
Matthew Broderick, SJP’s hubby, looks just as he did in Hirschfeld’s drawing of him in his role in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying:
Audrey Hepburn steps out of Hirschfeld’s “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” right into Bendel’s window:
Bernadette Peters is executed as she appeared in Hirschfeld’s drawing of her from Sunday In the Park With George:
Whoopie Goldberg is the likeness from Hirschfeld’s 1992 drawing of the actress:
The one and only Liza Minelli looks just like Al’s wonderful 1999 portrait of her:
Jerry Stiller is at the center of the table with the birthday cake, his image taken from Hirschfeld’s drawing of him in King of Queens:
Marilyn Monroe is reproduced just like Hirschfeld’s illustration, only without the parasol:
At the right is the artist himself, Al Hirschfeld, brought into three dimensions from his most famous self-portrait. We see Hirschfeld working away at his drawing table, seated in his famed barber’s chair:
At the center of the window hangs a large gold-plated chandelier sparkling with Swarovski Elements.
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. In addition to the sculptures created from Hirschfeld drawings for the window scene, Al Hirschfeld’s original line art is featured throughout Henri Bendel, including a two-story-high presentation of illustrations.
Framed drawings by Hirshfeld are found throughout the store as well:
The centerpiece of the atrium is Henri Bendel’s iconic two-story tree, covered in malachite and punctuated with 15 Swarovski Crystal Chandeliers:
Atop the tree is Al Hirschfeld’s Charlie Chaplin, also sculpted in three dimensions, looking down at all who enter the store:
For more than 75 years Hirschfeld drew luminaries from Broadway and Hollywood for “The New York Times” and almost every other notable publication. Full of wit and verve, in distinctively bold and often intricate lines, Hirschfeld captured the greats with his pen. Actors, singers, dancers, producers, directors, and playwrights, classical musicians and rock bands-from the 1920’s on, being “Hirschfelded” signified that you had arrived. Famously, Hirschfeld drew while seated in a barber’s chair in his New York City studio. Hirschfeld continued to work daily until his death in 2003.
Henri Bendel has worked hand-in-hand with Hirschfeld’s exclusive gallery, the Margo Feiden Galleries Ltd., New York, to create a truly unique presentation of the late illustrator’s work for their holiday windows.
The displays in the window and throughout the store were hand sculpted by Tom Carroll Scenery, with the art direction and assistance of Henri Bendel Assistant VP of Visual, Gilberto Santana.
above: The HIRSCHFELD SPECTACULAR! Poster (Size: 37″h x 28″w) is available for purchase. Until January 2, 2014, the price is $135 (includes shipping, packed flat). OR, Collect the Poster with our Compliments, our Gift to you with the purchase of a Hirschfeld Drawing, Lithograph, or Etching. Purchase by contacting the MARGO FEIDEN GALLERIES LTD \
Where: Henri Bendel, 712 Fifth Avenue at 56th Street
When: The Hirschfeld Spectacular will be on display throughout the Henri Bendel flagship store until January 2, 2014.
Why: Until January 2, 2014, when you collect a Hirschfeld Spectacular Poster at the Henri Bendel flagship store, 20% of your purchase will support The Actors Fund’s Al Hirschfeld Free Clinic and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
images courtesy of Zimbio