1928 Bergdorf’s moves uptown to Fifth Avenue and 58th Street, the former site of the Cornelius Vanderbilt Mansion. Edwin Goodman turns the penthouse into an apartment. The Goodmans, known as “the first family of fashion,” live there for more than five decades.
1935 Edwin Goodman purchases the building, spanning the entire block between 57th and 58th Streets.
1951 The Goodman family celebrates Bergdorf’s 50th anniversary with a black-tie gala at The Plaza.
1953 Edwin Goodman retires, leaving the business to his son, Andrew Goodman.
1956 Princess Grace Kelly selects her wedding invitations at Bergdorf’s.
1959 Roy Halston Frowick joins Bergdorf’s as head milliner.
1961 Jacqueline Kennedy collaborates with Diana Vreeland and Bergdorf’s fashion director Ethel Frankau to design the dress she wears to President Kennedy’s inaugural balls.
1965 Barbra Streisand sings and dances her way across the main floor of the store in the CBS television special “My Name is Barbra.”
1972 Carter Hawley Hale, owner of Neiman Marcus, buys Bergdorf’s.
1974 Ira Neimark becomes chairman and chief executive officer and embarks on a strategy to elevate Bergdorf’s to an elegant, world-class bastion of luxury labels and prestigious designer collections.
1979 Bergdorf’s one and only branch in White Plains, N.Y., shuts down five years after opening, but is converted to a Neiman Marcus, which finds success on the site.
1981 Michael Kors launches his first collection at Bergdorf’s.
1984 Miss Piggy and Joan Rivers film a segment of “The Muppets Take Manhattan” on the beauty floor. They misbehave and promptly get fired.
1987 General Cinema buys Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf’s from Carter Hawley Hale.
1990 The Bergdorf men’s store opens at 754 Fifth Avenue, across the street from the women’s store. Ira Neimark retires and Burton Tansky takes the reins of Bergdorf’s.
1993 Andrew Goodman dies at age 86, and his wife Nena soon thereafter moves out of the Bergdorf ninth-floor penthouse.
1997 The penthouse gets converted to a John Barrett Salon.
1999 Harcourt General (formerly General Cinema) spins off Neiman Marcus stores, NM Direct and Bergdorf’s as a separate entity, The Neiman Marcus Group.
Bergdorf Goodman Magazine debuts. Beauty opens on the lower level, breaking a retail industry mold of housing cosmetics on main floors.
2002 Bergdorf’s creates a shoe “salon,” becoming the first upscale store to recognize the growing significance of the category.
2004 BG.com goes live.
2005 The Neiman Marcus Group goes private with a majority of the equity ownership held by Warburg Pincus and the Texas Pacific Group.
2006 Bergdorf’s reaches $500 million in sales. 5F debuts, bringing a contemporary dynamic to Bergdorf’s.
2009 “Sex and the City 2” films at Bergdorf’s — Carrie and her friends shop for wedding presents.
2010 Fashion’s Night Out celebration with live windows and appearances by Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham and Sarah Jessica Parker. Crowds stop traffic along Fifth Avenue. Fashion moves in real time: 5th/58th blog launches.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty