I can trace my interest in window displays to an early age, when my parents and I would embark on our monthly shopping trip to the closest city (I was bought up in the countryside). Not wanting to get caught up in the throng of Saturday morning shoppers, we would arrive well before the stores opened. My first memory of our retail outings was standing outside British Home Stores (now BHS) waiting for the doors to open to the public. I would gaze into the windows, amazed by the dummies and how lifelike they were. It would be a few years before I discovered that the correct term for them was mannequins.

After leaving school at 16, I went to art college and completed a two-year Diploma in Display and Design – it would be another decade ...

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