Marilyn’s Window to the Oscars

This Oscar-themed window display – featuring a Marilyn doll among the guests – was spotted at Apthorp Dry Cleaners on Amsterdam Avenue between 78th and 79th in NYC, as Sonia Pilcer reports for the I Love the Upper West Side blog.

“Debra Kravet is the owner and creator of these shop window fantasies. ‘We’ve been in this location since March 30, 2009. Before that, we were in the Apthorp building for almost 26 years, until it was sold, and the new owners didn’t renew our lease.’

Over the years, I’ve been amazed by these miniature spectacles. Then I started photographing them.

Coiffed women in red ball gowns appear on stairways. Couples in evening dress and tuxedos, surrounded by Academy Award wallpaper, with Marilyn Monroe in her famous wind-blown white dress. A Christmas morning piled high with wrapped presents and thrilled children around a fireplace. A Passover seder with the seasonal food.

How did she come to create this shop window art? ‘When we moved into this space, I decided I didn’t want it to look like an ordinary dry cleaners. I wanted it to be more like a boutique, or spa. I figured I’d do raincoats, or evening wear, or bridal gowns. They all have to be dry cleaned.'”