‘Each window is a creation’

Morgane Cordillot window dressing at Laura Ashley
An example of Morgane’s festive window dressing at Laura Ashley

Jane Hanks meets a window dresser whose job is to tempt you into shops this festive season

One of the Christmas traditions is to admire the beautifully decorated shop windows in the big cities across the world. In Paris, the Galeries Lafayette’s vitrines are the ones to see. Dressing windows is an art and a job. Morgane Cordillot is a Décoratrice Merchandiser and she runs a busy agency working for brands and chains such as Etam and Optic 2000 and teaching her skills.

How did your passion for creative work begin?

I come from a family where my parents thought I should get a proper job, and so after I left school I began a university degree in literature. However, I did not enjoy it and found myself spending more and more time walking up and down the Boulevard Haussmann in Paris and staring at the shop windows.

One day I saw someone actually making up a window for Repetto. I plucked up my courage and asked if I could watch her and help her, to learn how she worked, even though I was not even sure that this could be a job for me. She was very kind and helped me a great deal.

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