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2015 Myer Christmas Windows
Tuesday 15 December, 2015,
There are many little rituals and traditions surrounding the festive season that we all look forward to: hanging
over the door, decorating the Christmas tree, searching for coins in Christmas pudding and of course, the sounds of classic Christmas carols. In Melbourne there’s a particularly special tradition, which has truly stood the test of time – the Myer Christmas windows.
Each year, crowds gather at Bourke Street Mall to witness the annual unveiling of the windows and to set sights on the latest animated display and this year was no different. Marking 60 years of the popular tradition, the 2015 Myer Christmas windows presented the story of ‘Little Dog and the Christmas Wish’, written by Australian children’s author, Corinne Fenton. Set in 1956, the story presents the journey of a small dog lost on Christmas Eve in Melbourne city. On his travels to find his way back home, he stumbles upon some iconic sites of Melbourne, such as Flinders Street Station, Collins Street and the Block Arcade.
, Corinne explained the concept behind the story; “Christmas is usually a time that animal shelters experience an influx of pets, and I wanted to send a warm message about taking care of your pets over the holidays. The idea of a little dog, lost and alone in a busy city on Christmas Eve, kept echoing in my head, “As a child of the ‘50s, I set the story in Melbourne, in 1956. I imagined the city decorated for Christmas, and such iconic sites as Collins Street and the Block Arcade, Flinders Street Station, and how wonderful it would have been.”
The process of bringing Corinne’s endearing tale to life took John Kerr and his very experienced team at Stage One, 11 months to complete! With the combined efforts of 30 artisans, a total of 17,000 hours of work went into the project. “As a proud Melbourne man, no other Christmas theme for the Windows has excited me more than ‘Little Dog and the Christmas Wish’. This was the perfect opportunity to present a uniquely Australian Christmas and celebrate the 60-year tradition of the Myer Christmas Animated Windows, and I am so pleased we have created a fitting replica of marvellous Melbourne,” said John, in an interview on the Myer blog. More than 800 hours of research went into ensuring the historical accuracy of the design of the iconic Melbourne sites, with researchers even going so far as to locate the original 1956 blueprints of the city sites.
Throughout the display there are 132 individual characters, each donning custom-made, authentic 1950s era costuming. From the umbrellas, leather bags, shawls and tweed caps, to the high heels – each piece was designed with authenticity in mind, and the result? Simple stunning! Have you visited the Myer Christmas Windows this year? Be sure to soak in some Christmas cheer with a visit to Bourke Street Mall this festive season!
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