Baz Luhrmann would like to cast a Christmas magic at a Zoo. The Australian film director, screenwriter and producer best known for The Red Curtain Trilogy along with his costume designer wife Catherine Martin and the Big Apple’s Barneys department store will be getting together in creating the ‘Baz Dazzled Holiday’ winter initiative.
Editors at New York Post gossip column Page Six report the married couple will host the opening night at Manhattan’s Central Park Zoo on 13 November (14), when the attraction will be transformed into a fairytale wonderland.
Barneys annually collaborates with an artist to create the store’s festive window displays and Christmas concept, and Luhrmann’s in-store additions will include “fantastical characters, woodland creatures, ice skaters, snow owls and candy canes”.
In a statement, the director and his wife write,
“From the earliest days of our love affair with the city of New York, we have always marveled at the way Barneys blends retail, theatre, art and narrative with irreverence and wit while nevertheless remaining accessible to its audience. We embrace the opportunity of revelling in the holiday spirit by collaborating with Barneys, taking traditional holiday iconography and turning it on its head. This collaboration is, for us, ultimately a celebratory opportunity to deepen our relationship with our adopted city of New York.”
More about Luhrmann, he was born in Sydney and his mother was a ballroom dance teacher and a dress shop owner, and his father, Leonard Luhrmann, was a farmer and he officially changed his given name from Mark to Baz sometime around 1979. He is married to Catherine Martin, a production designer and the couple have two children.