We were thrilled to recently receive some fantastic feedback and photos from one of our clients, Event and Stage Designer Brad Doran. He was working on a special event at the East 91st Christian Church in Indianapolis, and he needed a spectacular showpiece that could not only be used at this event, but could be diverse enough to be used at other types of events throughout the year, too. He also wanted something easy for his team to install and hang without a lot of muss and fuss, but still be something completely breathtaking that would really wow their audiences.

Photo Courtesy Brad Doran

With the help of Sew What? Account Manager Marilyn Moss, he decided to have us make a custom-built 25’h x 50’w Burgundy Super-Vel Non-Operable Austrian Backdrop, and it really turned out magnificent! With approximately 25% horizontal fullness, and 100% vertical fullness, this drape didn’t need to move up and down to really dazzle the stage—its incredible depth and texture thoroughly and easily enhanced the event’s design in the most captivating way. What some of our clients might not always realize is that by adding theatrical stage lighting they can really change the overall look and feel of almost every type of color and textured fabric for their stage drapes, even when they think the color might be darker than ideal for “altering” the appearance.

Photo Courtesy Brad Doran

In this instance, Brad knew that their specialty stage drape should be made with lightweight, velvety and inherently flame-retardant Super-Vel in the slightly darker shade of burgundy (rather than the typical silver, white or ivory that is often used when making Austrian drapes). This fabric is not only durable and decadent, but it also reflects light just beautifully. The end result on stage was absolutely lovely in natural lighting, but became truly remarkable when their lighting team cast different shades of theatrical stage lighting onto the drape, as well as adding vertical light strings along the each line of swags, which added a very special touch to the entire event’s ambiance. We were so happy that our client got the exact style of drape that they were envisioning—let our team of drapery experts help you to do the same!