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Henri Bendel Unveils HIRSCHFELD SPECTACULAR Window Exhibit

By Walter McBride. Photo Credit: Walter McBride, from BroadwayWorld.com, November 19, 2013

Al Hirschfeld, whose legendary quill pen captured virtually every well-known performing artist of the 20th century, is celebrated by Henri Bendel this holiday season with the "Hirschfeld Spectacular." It all takes place at Henri Bendel, 712 Fifth Avenue at 56th Street, where visitors can 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, Sarah Jessica Parker, Liza Minnelli, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Bernadette Peters, and Woody Allen. Carol Channing is as Hirschfeld drew her in "Hello Dolly!"; Sarah Jessica Parker appears as she was drawn in "Sex And The City"; Audrey Hepburn steps out of Hirschfeld's "Breakfast At Tiffany's" right into Bendel's window. 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 will be on display throughout the Henri Bendel flagship store until January 2, 2014.

More than 75 years of Al Hirschfeld's drawings, prints, and archival materials are on permanent exhibition and available to collect at the Margo Feiden Galleries Ltd., New York. 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.

Three dimension Al Hirschfeld drawings of Carol Channing, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Stiller, Sarah Jessica Parker with Matthew Broderick, Liza Minnelli, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Bernadette Peters, and Woody Allen

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Hirschfeld

Woody Allen

Whoopi Goldberg

Liza Minnelli

Mathew Broderick

Sarah Jessica Parker

Carol Channing

Jerry Stiller

Woody Allen and Liza Minnelli

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Sarah Jessica Parker with Matthew Broderick

Bernadette Peters and Carol Channing

Carol Channing, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Stiller, Sarah Jessica Parker with Matthew Broderick, Liza Minnelli, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Bernadette Peters, and Woody Allen

Whoopi Goldberg and Audrey Hepburn

The Hirschfeld Spectacular will be on display throughout the Henri Bendel flagship store until January 2, 2014.