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Dan Arje papers ➔ Bonwit Teller Window Display Featuring Embroidered Evening Gown by Suzanne Augustine with Setting Inspired by Shakespeare's "Richard II" [Merchandise Display News Copy]

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Related people/organizations

Bonwit Teller & Co (commissioner)
Virginia Roehl (photographer)
Suzanne Augustine (designer)
Dan Arje (compiler)


October 16 1956

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photographic prints


8 in (width) x 10 in (height)


Bonwit Teller window display featuring a women's evening ensemble designed by Suzanne-Augustine. The background is inspired by Shakespeare's "Richard II", with a painted backdrop of a scene from the play as well as an elevated wooden platform with painted shield detail suggesting an Elizabethan state. The mannequin is standing on this platform wearing an embroidered gown, long silk wrap, jewelry, elbow gloves, and heeled shoes. A banner at the bottom of the display reads "Gala Premier... Bonwit's pure drama of an evening... by Suzanne Augustine... Designers Sixth Floor... Gala Premier of the Old Vic on Tuesday evening October 23rd at the Wintergarden... our setting inspired by Shakespeare's Richard II." Page includes stereoscopic slide.


L12/ Bonwit Teller - 5th Ave. Window/ November Issue 1956/ One in series tied in with opening of famous English theatrical company. Compo strips painted to simulate worn backstage floor. Detailed mural painted on canvas covering entire back wall presents scene from different Shakespearean play in each window. Model stands on comp platform with painted detail suggesting Elizabethan state. Program on floor. Pink, white lights./ Merchandise Display News/ J.M. Biow Company Inc./ 475 Fifth Ave./ New York 17, N.Y.


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