A look behind the scenes at the intricate craft work which goes into window dressing.
M/S Adrian Marchant, looking like a teenager, working with blocks of polystyrene, cutting it with a hot wire. C/U foam being cut. M/S of the workshop for making window dressings, and shop window displays, with C/U of a woman holding a block of foam as she sculpts it. She paints the plastic foam with a glue and then sticks on a pink glitter fabric. It will be for a huge decorative costume mask.
Two women are seen working on a moulding, putting papier mache into it. At last rather wobbly duck shape is removed from a mould, and the women are seen painting some white. C/U shots of the duck's white face and yellow beak as flock sprinkles are applied for a fluffy effect. Next a hand picks up a black paper cut out for the duck's eye. She then fixes a crown or hat at an angle and lines it up with several others, already completed, all with hats.
Two men are seen making a shape from chicken wire, and a girl adds tissue paper to one chicken wire figure. C/U shot of the figure being painted, in oriental style with white face and black hair tied back tightly. C/U shot over the shoulder of a woman working on the model of a bird made from clay. She then paints it, having a reference book nearby for accuracy. C/U of foliage as it is sprayed using a spray gun with flocking of resin and powdered rayon material to give a glittery snow effect.
C/U shots of yellow plastic roses being worked on, pull back to show various flower arrangements. Finally we see some static shots of the completed Japanese figure under a willow, two black slave figures, a pixie and a fairy, a fish and a frog.