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Thursday, 1 September 2016

Selfridges and Shakespeare


The windows at Selfridges department store in London usually have a theme. Their latest theme was  celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death by each window taking a quote from one of his plays and using this as central to the display.  I photographed all the windows to share with you. However, it was such a sunny day that the reflections made it difficult to show the windows at their best. Not deterred I returned to Selfridges yesterday to try and take some non reflective photos. But guess what? I was too late! The windows had been covered up for the next displays. So hopefully you can see beyond the reflections and be able to appreciate the ingenuity and imagination of the designers. If not I found this link which shows them at their best Shakespeare refashioned













The ruff re-imagined by RADA





'Are you sure that we are awake? It seems to me that yet we sleep we dream.'
A Midsummer Night's Dream

















'Journey's end in Lovers meeting' Twelfth Night


'She is my goods, my chattels; she is my house' Taming of the Shrew.









'...be stone no more; approach; strike all that look upon with marvel.' A Winter's Tale.



'Love sought is good, but given unsought is better' Twelfth Night.



' Why, then the world's mine oyster, which I with sword will open' Merry Wives of Windsor.









'So smile the heavens upon this holy act.' Romeo and Juliet

'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.' As you like it


'But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?'  Romeo and Juliet





'Love looks not with the eyes, but, with the mind; and therefore is winged cupid blind.'
A Midsummer Night's Dream

'To be, or not to be? That is the question.' Hamlet







'....with sweet musk-roses and with eglantine; there sleeps Titania sometime of the night. lull'd with these flowers with dances and delight'. A Midsummer Night's Dream.


20 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing these! Has it BEEN 400 years already?

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  2. What elegant windows. Beautiful.

    It is good to be back. Going start off with one or two posts a week. Well, that's the plan :).

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  3. That's an interesting idea, but I"m not sure it would work where I live!

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  4. Wow! Now are all those clothes for sale there?

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  5. I will also chime in the a WOW! Is that your reflection in the last one? :-)

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  6. Nice! So inspiring! I love to watch the Selfridges windows. I used to do it every time I went to Edinburgh.

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  7. Shame about the reflections but it was a great exhibition. I wonder what's coming next? Probably Christmas!

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  8. Wow that is a lot of work someone has done. They are beautiful displays.

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  9. Interesting contrast between the store display and window reflections. Good post.

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  10. Fabulous window dressings. Great reflections.Have a good weekend.

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  11. I had fun trying to "get" some of these interpretations. The Hamlet one made me chuckle. Some of the costumes are just marvelous.

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  12. Great post! I love how the displays and reflections mix together. :-)

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  13. In fact it gives the models a special effect ! Looks very good. I always (or mostly) love their window decoration !

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  14. super...I love the colorful elizabethan collars!

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  15. To shop or not to shop - that is the question.

    Nice.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Just back in Melbourne!

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  16. Mr Selfridge would be proud! I enjoyed this.

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