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Students help create Myer Christmas Windows world

This year's Myer Christmas Windows showcases the handiwork of VU Diploma of Specialist Make-Up students.

In all, 27 students were entrusted with creating wigs and the iconic beard for a 13 Santa figurines to be featured in the windows in Melbourne and Brisbane for this year's theme, Santa Claus and the Three Bears.

With knotting of facial hair one of the elements of the one-year course, they were able to work on the Santas as part of their study, taking about a month to complete the project.

Teacher Mary Garrett-Bond, who has been teaching the course for 14 years, has previously been involved with the Myer Christmas Windows, along with some students, in 2010 when the theme was the Nutcracker, creating wigs and facial hair for all the characters, as well as the Santas.

Mary got the call again this year for assistance, and says she "thought it would be a great opportunity for the students, who, with the course and the school, would be credited in all the windows."

"They really enjoyed it. I am gong to try and organise a tour through the premises where everything is made - animatronics etc."

The 2014 Myer Christmas Windows were revealed to the public last Saturday, 8 November, and are open until Monday 5 January 2015.

However Mary is already looking to the next opportunity for her students, with the possibility of another project in the near future.

The Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA51015) equips students with the range of specialist skills required for a future as a make-up artist be it photographic, theatre, period, special effects, television, film or fashion. It is the only make-up course in Australia to encompass fashion and the arts and offer a direct pathway into hairdressing.

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