A MAGNIFICENT, light-draped peacock with feathers individually cut from old books and immaculate Barbies re-birthed as brides of the book; Bill Campbell Books is a worthy winner of Fremantle’s BID’s Christmas window competition.
But while the West End shop carries Bill’s name, it’s his wife Hidemi Okumura who was the creative genius behind the display.
Ms Okumura hand-made each bridal dress for the dozen of so barbies that sit propped in the windows or on the counter – each with it own hand-crafted leather book.
Fremantle businesses have put on their best Christmas display in years, with more than 40 giving their shop windows a tizz-up.
Mr Campbell says while he and his wife often put on a display, it was thanks to the efforts of BID manager Jenny Marslen, who followed up with forms and gave him a push, that prompted them to go all out this year.
Ms Marslen found fertile creative ground along High Street in the West End, which took out Best Street in the competition with nine entries.
Other stand-out windows include Compendium (another High Street entry) who took out second place, and Milk Belly and The Fairy Shop and other Myths from in the South Terrace Piazza picking up equal third.
“It’s time for people to have their say and vote for the People’s Choice Award,” says Ms Marslen, saying there’ll be entry forms available on brochures that have all participating shops listed. You can find them all around Freo this year.