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My time at Tiffany's
Moore, Eugene.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1990.
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232 pages : illustrations ; 32 cm
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Booklist Review

Moore's displays for Tiffany's Fifth Avenue store have already been celebrated in Goldman's Windows at Tiffany's: The Art of Gene Moore (1980), but another retrospective look--through the windows and at the wonders Moore has created--is always welcome. Moore himself, with the help of Jay Hyams, supplies the text this time; in Goldman's book, he only gave brief commentaries on particular displays. And while Tiffany remains the focus of Moore's story, his whole career as artist turned window de~signer is retold here, with discussions of work done for other department stores and clients. Although the narrative sometimes becomes repetitive ("and then I used stuffed birds on real tree trunks"), there are enough fascinating anecdotes to maintain interest, especially when Moore tells about the many now-famous artists he has worked with. The illustrations are an additional invitation into Moore's tiny world, although many are photographed merely in black and white. Chronology of Tiffany window displays; index. ~--John Brosnahan

Publisher's Weekly Review

As a Manhattan window designer for more than 25 years, Moore can take credit for putting belly buttons on mannequins and for placing kissing rhinos underneath a Valentine's Day heart. The originality with which he created these confections raises certain expectations about his prose, and Moore, with freelance writer Hyams, for the most part proves equal to the task. Regrettably, though, about a third of the way through this memory book he switches from telling a charming personal tale to cataloguing the windows themselves (Moore designed 16 a week for 16 years for Bonwit Teller, then one every other week for Tiffany's). ``Make people stop'' was his motto; his means were passion, intrigue, mystery, the elements that make for good theater--which did not exclude feathers, ice cream cones or pasta as building blocks for visual fantasy. A schooling in the fine arts, a prodigious gift of whimsy and a romantic spirit all come to the fore in this entertaining remembrance. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved