If there’s something I really want to learn about – a piece of history, a designer, a movement – then normally I’m a pick up a book kind of gal. But lately, with returning to law school and dealing with the huge amount of reading I have to keep up with, there’s just not time to read non-fiction on the side. So I’ve turned to documentaries, and I’m hooked.
The best one I’ve seen yet has to be Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s. Loosely structured around the creation of the renowned Christmas windows, Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s chronicles the history and influence of the infamous department store. The first five minutes feature Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin and Diane Von Furstenberg. I was hooked. The sheer number of designers who appear and sing the praises of the department store is staggering. I don’t want to give too much away, but my jaw was constantly dropping. The location of the store is the site of the original Vanderbilt mansion, which I didn’t realise, and the Goodman family lived atop the store in an enormous, 16 room apartment. The doco digs into nearly every aspect of the department store, from it’s history and massive influence on designers, to the personal shopping phenomenon to the stories of the staff members and regular clients.
Get your hands on this one and watch it. It’s right up there with The September Issue. And please – scatter my ashes at Bergdorf’s!
Have you seen any good documentaries lately? I need recommendations! x