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Nothing says Christmastime in New York like department store holiday windows—the fanciful works of art and creative whim, always months and months in the making. This year, the team behind Barneys amazing displays has allowed Racked photographer Daniel Krieger to go behind the scenes, capturing their work in a four-part photo essay. We're excited, you're excited; let's get to the images. Below is part three: the set up.
Part 3, 11/11/2008: As is tradition at Barneys, the windows team spends a week publicly assembling the holiday displays in full view of all passersby. After unpacking all the Hippy Holiday elements on Monday, the team works behind the glass to set everything up for the big reveal on Sunday. (The full unveiling will take place at 5:30pm, with Tom Brokaw cutting the ribbon.) Store creative director Simon Doonan has said that the windows are "built with spit and glue," meaning they're not mass produced. Given the transparency of the project, it's obvious that that's the case.