Mercyhurst brings Bergdorf mystique to Erie


If your idea of a department store comes with weekend sales flyers and includes a department where you can get your tires rotated, think again.

Get a glimpse into the fashion industry’s swankiest of clothing emporiums that puts all other department stores to shame during a one-night only showing of Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorf’s at Cinemark Tinseltown USA on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Order Tickets OnlineTickets are on sale now. Tickets cannot be purchased at Tinseltown, 1910 Rotunda Drive.

Presented by the Mercyhurst University Fashion Merchandising Department, this 86-minute film takes its audience on a rare behind the scenes look at New York City’s iconic — and extravagant fashion hub — Bergdorf Goodman located on Fifth Avenue and 58th Street.

Described as “dynamic, lush and intimate,” this film delves into the store’s history, the over-the-top fashion, the legendary parties, the famous window art displays and the long list of high-profile clientele. Funny and endearing, fashion designers, celebrities, clients and former employees discuss Bergdorf Goodman’s significant role in New York City’s social scene throughout history.

Interviews include well-known public figures such as Karl Lagerfeld, Candace Bergen, Joan Rivers, Michael Kors, Manolo Blahnik, Giorgio Armani, Christian Louboutin, Marc Jacobs and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, among other famous names.

“This is one of the few opportunities in which a very fashion-forward film can be watched in a theater in Erie,” said Amy Weaver-Kaulis, chair of the fashion merchandising department at Mercyhurst.

“It’s an opportunity to have a girls’ night out, to celebrate all things fashion or, more importantly, get a broader perspective on the impact that the fashion industry has on society.”

The film debuted in September 2012 during the store’s 111th Anniversary and was accompanied by a book featuring fashion from more than 100 designers. A classic cartoon that was featured in The New Yorker, where a woman tells her friend over tea that her ultimate dream is to have her ashes scattered at Bergdorf Goodman, inspired the film’s title.

There is limited seating for the film. In the unlikely event that the reserve of 76 tickets for this film is not met before Aug. 27, the event will be cancelled and ticket purchasers will be fully refunded.

For more information, contact Amy Weaver-Kaulis at akaulis@mercyhurst.edu or at 814-824-3387.

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