For decades the Myer Christmas windows have brought light and joy to the City of Melbourne, and today we unveiled the 60th season of the Christmas Animated Windows at Myer Melbourne, which showcases an animated tribute to Melbourne based on the popular children’s book Little Dog and the Christmas Wish.
Face of Myer Jennifer Hawkins joined Myer CEO Richard Umbers, The Hon. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Channel Seven’s Rebecca Maddern and Santa to reveal this year’s spectacular Christmas Animated Windows to an excited crowd in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Windows, this year’s theme is set on Christmas Eve in 1956 and includes many of Melbourne’s most iconic sites such as Flinders Street Station, the Block Arcade, the Hopetoun Tea Rooms and the Skipping Girl Vinegar neon sign in Richmond. When asked about the inspiration behind Little Dog and the Christmas Wish, author Corrine Fenton said “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 immensely talented team at Stage ONE have been engaged once again to bring Corrine’s story to life in this years windows and have done so in the most spectacular way. For the past 21 years, John Kerr and his team at Stage ONE have been responsible for the Myer Christmas Animated Windows, from the inspiration to the installation, in an 11 month process with 30 artisans contributing more than 17,000 hours of work to bring this year’s story to life.
“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 Mr Kerr.
The detail in this year’s Windows is absolutely incredible. More than 800 hours of research was undertaken to ensure historical references and sites were accurate – in fact, original blueprints were sourced for 1956 references, including Flinders Street Station, the Block Arcade façade and the W Class tram. There are 132 individual characters displayed, each with their own custom-made outfit and accessories (including leather bags, briefcases and umbrellas!), which all reflect the styles of the 1950s.