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Lia Chang Photos: Kathie Lee Gifford at the 2011 Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Unveiling in New York

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2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang


On Monday, November 14, 2011, the Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue Flagship store in New York unveiled the 2011 Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows.
2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang


This year, the windows were inspired by children’s drawings of “What is Christmas Made of?” and an illustration by Carl Wilson from 1941 that shows tiny illustrations and asks “What is Christmas Made of?” Lord & Taylor asked children from Women In Need shelters and local schools to draw what they believe Christmas is made of. The mechanical holiday windows were inspired by their art and feature 125 of the original drawings.
Santa and the kids whose drawings inspired this year's windows! Photo by Lia Chang

Santa and the kids whose drawings inspired this year's windows! Photo by Lia Chang


The 2011 Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows unveiling was live streamed online and a video of highlights can be viewed at www.lordandtaylor.com/christmas
The Young People's Chorus of New York City Photo by Lia Chang

The Young People's Chorus of New York City Photo by Lia Chang


The celebration began with performances by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City™ who were joined by Kathie Lee Gifford, co- host of the fourth hour of NBC’s Today Show for one number.
NBC co-host Kathie Lee Gifford performs Photo by Lia Chang

NBC co-host Kathie Lee Gifford performs Photo by Lia Chang


Prior to the unveiling, the Young People’s Chorus of NYC performed “What is Christmas Made Of” a holiday song composed exclusively for Lord & Taylor. Simultaneously, Lord & Taylor stores throughout the chain hosted local student choral groups to perform the special song.
 Santa and Brendan Hoffman, President/CEO Lord & Taylor, dedicating the windows to New York City on November 14, 2011.Photo by Lia Chang

Santa and Brendan Hoffman, President/CEO Lord & Taylor, dedicating the windows to New York City on November 14, 2011.Photo by Lia Chang

With a little help from Santa, Brendan Hoffman, President/CEO Lord & Taylor, dedicated the windows to New York City. Lord & Taylor also hosted a charity day with proceeds benefiting the Young People’s Chorus of New York City™.
Francisco Núñez, founder and artistic director of The Young People's Chorus of New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Francisco Núñez, founder and artistic director of The Young People's Chorus of New York City. Photo by Lia Chang


Brendan Hoffman, President/CEO Lord & Taylor and Scott Devine, Lord & Taylor's VP of Visual Merchandising Photo by Lia Chang

Brendan Hoffman, President/CEO Lord & Taylor and Scott Devine, Lord & Taylor's VP of Visual Merchandising. Photo by Lia Chang


Kathie Lee Gifford and Brendan Hoffman Photo by Lia Chang

Kathie Lee Gifford and Brendan Hoffman Photo by Lia Chang


The Lord & Taylor Sweetery Truck giving out free treats! Photo by Lia Chang

The Lord & Taylor Sweetery Truck giving out free treats! Photo by Lia Chang


The Lord & Taylor Sweetery Truck was parked along Fifth Ave, doling out delicious Red Velvet and Fudge Whoopie pies, Smores and cupcakes.
Delicious treats from Sweetery Photo by Lia Chang

Delicious treats from Sweetery Photo by Lia Chang


Inside the store, Sarabeth’s hot chocolate was being served up as well.
Austin serves up Sarabeth's hot chocolate after the 2011 Lord & Taylor Christmas Windows Unveiling. Photo by Lia Chang

Austin serves up Sarabeth's hot chocolate after the 2011 Lord & Taylor Christmas Windows Unveiling. Photo by Lia Chang


I caught up with Kathie Lee in the Christmas Department on the 9th floor, where she was signing copies of her new book The Three Gifts and the Angel Blocks ornament, both exclusive to Lord & Taylor and created in collaboration with award-winning Creative Director and Illustrator Michael Storrings.
 Kathie Lee Gifford with her book, The Three Gifts Photo by Lia Chang

Kathie Lee Gifford with her book, The Three Gifts Photo by Lia Chang


Kathie Lee Gifford and Michael Storrings Photo by Lia Chang

Kathie Lee Gifford and Michael Storrings Photo by Lia Chang


2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang


2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang


2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang


2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang


2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang


2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang


2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang


2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang


2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang


2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang


2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang


2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang


2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang


2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

2011 Lord &Taylor Fifth Avenue Christmas Windows Photo by Lia Chang

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Photos and Video: Disney’s The Lion King Las Vegas- In the Makeup Chair with Thom Sesma
Photos: “How To Succeed” stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rose Hemingway and John Larroquette at Lord & Taylor for Windows Unveiling
Lord & Taylor CEO Brendan Hoffman to receive 2011 “Father of the Year” & Milton Margolis Humanitarian Award in NY
Multimedia: Promises, Promises’ Stars Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes at Lord & Taylor Fifth Ave
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Multimedia: Lord & Taylor 2009 Christmas Windows
Photos: David Duchovny, John Earl Jelks, Amanda Peet, Tracee Chimo at Opening Night Party of Neil LaBute’s Break of Noon
Multimedia: Tino Martinez and Sherri Shepherd at Lord & Taylor Benefit Bash
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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.
As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. Lia currently plays Nurse Lia on “One Life to Live”. She has appeared in Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and “New York Undercover”.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.
Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Broadwayworld.com, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, thelmagazine.com, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2011 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com.

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