Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Local designers to style Cliche windows

I adore window displays. When I started out as a visual merchandiser, I toyed with the idea of creating window diplays for Barneys one day. I ended up getting more into fashion styling, but there is nothing like the dream worlds created in major department store windows, as in Simon Doonan's brilliant book, Confessions of a Window Dress.

[Doonan-designed Warhol windows]

Now, fledgling local visual stylists and illustrators can get a taste of that magic with local boutique Cliché's just-announced window display competition. Details below:

Student Artists Create Cliché’s Winter Window Displays

MINNEAPOLIS (Dec. 2, 2009) – Uptown store, Cliché, chose four Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) students to design its window displays from December 13 to January 23. Each student will construct a display that will be shown for one week. Artists include experienced designers and illustrators in the fashion industry. Cliché has given them the opportunity to expand their personal and creative endeavors.

“We are eager to work with young artists who have the ability to turn a window display into an imaginative and beautiful masterpiece,” says Delayna Sundberg, Cliché owner.

Cliché will also be running a photo contest during this time, which entails people submitting a picture of the window displays at the store. Photos should be e-mailed to with the subject line, “Window Display Photo Contest.” The top three photos will be chosen on January 20 and winners will receive a Cliché gift card.

Here's video of Doonan and how he comes up with his displays:

Barney's Andy Warhol Window Display

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