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23 12, 2014

Fabric Options for Traditional Bi-Parting Grand Drapes

By |December 23rd, 2014|Education, Fabrics|1 Comment

Ever looked at the gorgeous Bi-Parting Grand Drape at a theatre and thought “that’s the look I want for our theatre (or school auditorium)”, but you didn’t know what the fabric was?  Most likely, that Grand Drape was made of theatrical velour.  In the past, there were limited options for theatrical velour, but today there are many different theatrical velours to choose from when purchasing a custom stage curtains. Today I thought I would tell you a little bit about the two principal categories – Cotton Velour and Synthetic Velour.

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Cotton Velour

Cotton velour has been the primary option for theatrical drapery for many years.  Topically treated for flame retardancy, cotton velour is a napped fabric available in a variety of weights, from a lighter weight 16oz per linear weight to as much as 32oz per linear weight.  Most theaters, however, will choose a midweight velour, such as 21oz Marvel Velour or 25oz Memorable, depending on their budget.  Cotton velour is typically chosen as it offers the most “traditional” look and feel and is available in a wide range of color options.  However, one drawback to cotton velour is that it can be less durable than synthetic velour.  Also, as topical flame retardancy will dissipate over time, the fabric will generally need to be retreated for flame retardancy at some point during the life of the drape.

Synthetic Velour

Over the last ten years or so, synthetic velour options have become increasingly popular for Grand Drapes. As with cotton velours, synthetic velours are also available in a variety of weights, but again the most popular are the mid-weight options.  Synthetic velours may be napped (similar to cotton velours) or, as in the case of 22oz Encore, may have a brushed surface that mimics the appearance of a nap.  As polyester fibers are less impacted by normal wear-and-tear than cotton fibers, synthetic velour will typically be more durable. In addition, synthetic velour is permanently flame retardant, meaning that, with proper maintenance, the fabric should remain flame retardant for the life of the drape.  Color options for synthetic velours also tend to be slightly more limited than with cotton velours.

Other Options

There are other fabrics under the general category of “theatrical velour” that might be used for stage curtains – from lighter weight synthetic velours (such as 13oz Apollo Velour), Crushed Velvet, and velour alternatives such as 8oz Super-Vel, these fabrics are more often chosen for alternative Grand Drape styles, such as Austrians, Brailles, and Contours, which work better with lighter-weight fabrics, rather than for Bi-Parting Grand Drapes.

Want to learn more about theatrical velours and velvets?  Click here to open a printable pdf version of our White Paper, “Wondering about Velour and Velvet Fabric?” 

 

22 12, 2014

Mylar Rain Curtains Help Add Sparkle And Whimsy To Dance Performance

By |December 22nd, 2014|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Adding some sparkle and drama to your special event or production has never been easier! Using some fabulous rental Mylar Rain Curtains from our Oh So Swanky! drapery collection is a surefire way to wow your crowd, and also give your background some movement, light, and texture without overpowering the performers in front of them. Recently we were extremely proud to be a part of the stage design for California State University Long Beach’s Fall 2014 Homecoming MFA/Alumni concert, called “Romp Show.” Directed and choreographed remarkably by MFA student Kathleen Helm, these “energetic and spunky” dancers were able to do incredible feats of modern dance on a stage lit enchantingly by Elisha L. Griego, wearing costumes creatively designed by Liz Carpenter, and all in front of some dazzling 23’h Mylar Rain Curtain theatrical stage drapes.

Romp Show

Mylar Rain Curtains are extremely lightweight and durable making them a breeze to hang, but even more impressive is that they be lit up in a multitude of ways in order to help create the exact mood and motif you are going for with each scene, making these a lighting designer’s dream come true. You can see from these photos expertly taken by Gregory R. R. Crosby that not only did the drapes add a little glitz and glamour to the overall stage design, but that they also helped set the whimsical, bubbly mood that Helm was very successful in creating with her amazing choreography and spirited dancers.

Romp Show

We love it when our clients are able to use our rental drapes to help make their event extra special, and this performance is a perfect example of how using the right drapes to help create the right look for your stage design is especially rewarding.