Bullock’s Wilshire former retail glory @ Art Deco Society talk & screening 1


A beacon of Art Deco wonderment, the iconic Bullock’s Wilshire Department Store still stands on Wilshire Boulevard. Designed by Parkinson and Parkinson in 1928, the legendary building is considered a preservation success story; it is now repurposed as the Southwestern School of Law’s law library.

Eh. Okay. They dare not tear it down because among others, the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles would lash themselves to the fabled doors that once gave way to the glittering cosmetics counters pictured above.

Author Margaret Leslie Davis will recount the history of this valiant retailer where the likes of Mae West (who had merchandise brought to her car for her approval), Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich got their glad rags.

Davis’s one hour illustrated presentation based on her book “Bullock’s Wilshire” for the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, will be followed by a screening of the classic MGM film THE WOMEN (1939).

George Cukor’s landmark comedy of HIgh Hollywood stars Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Paulette Goddard and Joan Fontaine in a cast of 135 woman (with nothing on their minds, but men) wearing costumes designed by Adrian.

artsmeme‘s Debra Levine passed many a Sunday afternoon roaming the second floor couture department ogling designer clothes. Just to spend time in that building. Just to live the dream.

text courtesy Art Deco Society of Los Angeles

Bullock’s Wilshire: Glittering Emporium & THE WOMEN (1939) | Egyptian Theatre | Sun Jan 28

One comment on “Bullock’s Wilshire former retail glory @ Art Deco Society talk & screening

  1. julie mcdonald Jan 16,2018 5:50 pm

    Such elegance! We have strayed so far…. This is so cool!!!

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