QUIRKY

A LITTLE NONSENSE NOW AND THEN IS RELISHED BY THE WISEST MEN.

ROALD DAHL

Some window displays don’t fall into a conventional commercial retail category, whose aim is simply to sell. On occasion a fashion maestro or pioneering visual merchandiser will break with tradition and produce a show-stopping installation that really challenges the customer. These windows can be perceived as surreal, artistic or quirky.

The Oxford English Dictionary describes the word ‘quirky’ as ‘a peculiar behavioural habit; a strange chance occurrence; a sudden twist, turn, or curve’. The peculiar has always held a fascination for people. The early Victorians collected rare objects and displayed them in what was known as a ‘cabinet of curiosities’. Over time, ...

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