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One of New York’s most exclusive department stores, Bergdorf’s was established in 1899 when Edwin Goodman (1876-1953) went to work for Herman Bergdorf, a working tailor. In 1901 Goodman bought in and became a partner, renaming the business Bergdorf Goodman. Two years later in 1903, Goodman bought out Bergdorf, but left the name unchanged. The business changed locations in 1914 moving to its present address at 58th Street and Fifth Avenue 1928. In the 1923 the store expanded to include ready-to-wear and their famous fur salon. Custom clothing and millinery continued to be a huge draw for many decades and Bergdorf’s was well known for the custom salon with it’s made to order line for line copies of French couture, down to the buttons and trims which could cost more than the Paris originals. This was the salon where Ethel Frankau reigned as the director and top buyer for 50+ years from 1914 – 1967, staying on at Bergdorf’s until her death in 1971.
Additional house labels include the Miss Bergdorf line starting in the 1950s and Bigi at Bergdorf’s a junior line from 1966 on.
“The Bergdorf Goodman Custom Salon sketches collection contains 8,976 pencil, ink, and watercolor sketches by staff artists representing clothing and millinery available in Bergdorf’s custom salon. These garments were made to order either from designs purchased by special arrangement from the leading couturiers of the day or from sketches by Bergdorf’s then well known in-house designers. Representative designers include Dior, Balenciaga, Halston and Courreges. House designers include Leslie Morris, Mary Gleason, and Bernard Newman.”
Andrew Goodman, (1907-1993), took over in 1951, and stayed with the company until 1975. In 1972 Bergdorf Goodman was sold to Carter Hawley Hale Store. In 1987, Bergdorf Goodman was spun off as part of the Neiman Marcus Group. Today, Bergdorf Goodman Inc. is still located only in New York, at Fifth Ave between 57th and 58th Streets. The men’s division, founded in 1990, is on the east side of Fifth.
Written by Hollis Jenkins-Evans
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from a 1920s coat. (label dates to between 1914-1928 when the store was located at 616 Fifth Avenue)
from a late-1930s satin cape
from a 1940s wedding gown
from a 1950s opera coat
from a 1950s bedjacket
from a 1955 party dress
from a 1950s ribbon dress
from a 1955 dress
from a 1950s women's suit
from an early 1960s dress
from a 1960s A-line dress
from a 1964 Castillo dress
from a 1966 dress
from a late-1960s/early-1970s cape
from a 1970s Bonnie Cashin coat
from a 1970s dress and cape outfit
from a 1990s jersey dress