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19 07, 2017

It’s Time To Take Another Look At Our Breathtaking Crimson Cabaret Drapery Set!

By |July 19th, 2017|Products, Projects|1 Comment

In my next blog post about our recent photo shoot at the gorgeous Warner Grand Theatre, I wanted to “re-introduce” our readers to one of our exquisite specialty drape sets available to rent today from our Timeless and Traditional Drapery Collection—our 30’h x 31’w Crimson Cabaret Bi-Parting Grand Stage Drapes. These dynamic stage draperies have an accompanying Encore Velour 8’h x 60’w border with the same beautiful gold bullion fringe and stitching as what is on the drapes themselves, and will dazzle any audience that they are set in front of!

These sumptuous theatrical stage drapes give a dignified and grandiose look to any event design even when being used as a single backdrop. But if you really want to add some exciting drama to your stage, just look at the video below to see how SPECTACULAR they look when opening and closing, too….The movement is just breathtaking and will completely astonish your audience! And one of the best features of this drapery set is how fantastic it goes with so many other items in our specialty drape collections. You can see how beautifully it frames the stage using our lovely Pewter Textura Pleated Legs (from our Silver Satin Collection), adorned on top with our velvety Burgundy Swagged Border (also from our Timeless and Traditional Collection), and all of them embellished perfectly with our shimmery Copper Sheer Swags and few of our Gold Velvet Rope Swags, too (both brand new items from our Oh’ So Swanky Collection).

If you haven’t taken a look at our newly revamped website to get some fresh, eye-catching design ideas from our Specialty Rental Drapery Collections, why not do that today? Let our team of drapery experts help you choose the best combination of these divine drapes for your next special event or production!

6 12, 2010

Crimson Cabaret at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

By |December 6th, 2010|News, Products|0 Comments

I’ve posted several times about the gorgeous “Crimson Cabaret” drapes that Sew What? made for the Rent What? “Timeless and Traditional” collection of rental drapery.  But I have to post about it one more time.

I don’t know if you caught the “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” when it aired on CBS last week, but if you did, you saw the “Crimson Cabaret” drapes in action.   I must say that the drapes looked fabulous!  They evoke such a romantic, exotic, luxurious mood that is just perfect as the backdrops for beautiful models in fanciful lingerie.

If you didn’t catch the show (or if you did, but want to take another look at the drapes behind the models), the entire show is available for viewing on the CBS website – just click here.

By the way, the drapes can be seen best at .45 – .52 seconds as the show opens and at 7.00 – 7.35 for the beginning of Katy Perry’s performance.

1 10, 2009

A Cabaret comes to life through drapery

By |October 1st, 2009|News, Products, Projects|3 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, we made a set of custom stage curtains that I thought were so beautiful and innovative that I just had to post about them.  I have seen a lot of gorgeous drapery over the years at Sew What? but these drapes really are something special –  a modern-day re-creation of gorgeous stage drapes reminiscent of a cabaret from 100 years ago!

Once the fabric for the drapes was chosen (IFR Crimson 15oz Synthetic Velour), it was time to decide how to incorporate the decorative images that were essential to recreating the mood of an old-style cabaret.  We considered hand-painting the images onto the drape (this would have been the obvious choice as recently as a year or two ago).  Instead, the design team thought “outside the box” and said, “Why not digitally print the image directly onto the fabric?”

John Rios of Grafix Jam was able to create the imagery in a digital vector file, which our printing staff used to print directly onto the fabric.  This was not an easy process – printing onto colored fabric presents a unique set of challenges – but our design team managed the task brilliantly, printing an under layer of white ink and then overlaying the colored image, to get just the right image color.

Our sewing staff then took on the challenge, sewing together the drapes and adding rich gold bullion fringe and trims.

The finished drapery, consisting of two main drapes at 30′ h x 31′ w, with a matching 8′ h x 60′ 6″ w border, turned out to be absolutely gorgeous – we are so proud to have made this on behalf of our sister company Rent What? Inc. and to know that, as part of their rental inventory, these drapes will be featured in concerts across the country.

26 06, 2018

Completely Enthrall Your Audiences With Rental Traveler Track And Traveler Stage Drapes

By |June 26th, 2018|Products|1 Comment

One of the most captivating moments of any big performance or concert is when the house lights dim, the stage is lit, and the gorgeous grand stage drapes start to part…..The instant that the stage is revealed and the band, artist, or performers are showcased, that’s when the audience goes really wild! Employing theatrical traveler track is a fantastic way to get this eye-catching effect— easy to operate, and always gives your design dramatic results. Renting beautiful grand stage curtains from Rent What? Inc. is the perfect place to start—we have a variety of sublime traveler drapes to give your event or concert the most decadent look (like our magnificent Crimson Cabaret and exquisite Smoky Pearl Grand Stage Drapes, both from our Timeless and Traditional Drapery Collection). But what about the traveler track…?

It may not always be economical to purchase all the stage curtain track hardware you need, especially when you aren’t sure how often it will be used, nor what the space dimensions will possibly be on future events (for tours in particular). Renting theatrical traveler track is a terrific option for many of our clients who want the excitement of having stage curtain track and traveler track drapery, but perhaps don’t have the permanent venue to showcase it. At Rent What? Inc, we’re proud to feature a full complement of superior-quality American-made curtain tracks by ADC, one of the premier manufacturers of theatrical curtain transport systems and the only brand that has won UL approval. Available from Rent What? Inc. as a rental from the most basic manual walk along system to a more intricate rope pull system (for single pull and bi-parting travelers), ADC tracks assure a moving performance at the highest standards.

Maybe a little nervous about setting up the track on-site at your venue? At Rent What?, we have developed a set of easy instructions available for installing our rental bi-parting and side-parting traveler track. We spent quite a bit of time looking at the various resources available to help with the install process and felt that this was an area where clients might have the most questions. We have tried our new instruction set with a variety of clients and have been told that they are “spot on” for helping cut to the chase in terms of everything from rope threading to the carrier and end pulley placements. They are great because they’re written for the “layperson,” and even include pictures to better demonstrate each step along the way.

The perfect complement to our straightforward, undemanding rental traveler track are stunning grand stage traveler rental draperies from our Specialty Drapery Collections. Contact one of our drapery experts today to have them help you find the exact right look and design for your upcoming stage production or concert tour, using a combination of our rental traveler drapes and theater track that can be shipped directly to any venue in the country for your added ease and convenience.

22 03, 2017

Choose Red Rental Stage Drapes for a Classic Design

By |March 22nd, 2017|Products, Projects|1 Comment

For many production designers, stage drapes in shades of red are the perfect choice to evoke a classic, timeless feel to the set. Consider how often you have walked into to a venue, whether it be a small school auditorium or a large performing arts center, and discovered that the venue’s beautiful grand drapes are – you guessed it – a shade of red. From bright tomato to deep burgundy, and various shades in between, red never goes out of style for stage drapery.

Because red is popular with stage, touring production, and event designers, Rent What? created the “Rockin’ Red” Drapery Collection of rental stage drapes. All in rich shades of red and burgundy, the majority of drapery in this collection is sized for use in small theatres (23’h x 40’w) and large theatres and arenas (30’h x 60’w).

The Rockin’ Red Collection includes:

  • Crimson Cabaret Grand Bi-Parting Drapery: Encore Velour, highlighted by gold digitally printed elements along with gold trim and bullion fringe.
  • Venetian Contour Curtains: Super-Vel and Encore Velour
  • Austrian Curtain: Satin
  • Swags: Super-Vel and Illusion
  • Pleated Borders: Super-Vel
  • Pleated Legs: SuperVel, Encore Velour, and Illusion

Here are just a few examples of the gorgeous rental stage curtains in this collection:

Monsters of Folk at the Greek

Monsters of Folk selected this Burgundy Super-Vel Venetian Contour Curtain for this show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Visit our Monsters of Folk Flickr album to see more photos.

Red Super-Vel Swags and Legs set the stage for the 2011 Pinnacle Awards.

Crimson Cabaret Grand Bi-Parting Drapes fit the mood.

Our Red Satin Austrian Curtain dressed the stage at the Pollstar Awards.

This YouTube video highlights the Rockin’ Red Drapery Collection.

You see – red isn’t just for Christmas or Valentine’s Day! Red drapes are beautiful year round and in a variety of settings. Are you thinking about using red stage drapes as part of your next tour or event design? Give us a call or contact us online – we’d love to help!

14 02, 2017

Introducing “Dark Angel”

By |February 14th, 2017|News, Products|1 Comment

At Rent What?, it’s not enough for us to rest on our laurels with our wide variety of rental options, including specialty drapery, masking drapes, backdrops, hardware and automation, pipe and drape, and more. We are continually listening to our customers, and introducing new items into our rental inventory based on the needs expressed by our customers.

One of the things our customers have asked for recently is yet another specialty grand drape. Something with the same beauty and “wow factor” as our Crimson Cabaret Grand Drape set, but also something different and unique.

They asked and we did it! I am so excited to tell you about the newest addition to our Timeless and Traditional Drapery Collection, because it really is an amazingly beautiful and versatile grand drape set.

Named “Dark Angel,” this set includes 2 biparting drapes of 30’ h x 31’ w (making up a Grand Traveler of approximately 60’ w). The design of the biparting drapes features a sexy sparkling combination of Black 15oz Encore adorned with Silver Illusion, Black Chrome Illusion, Silver Bullion Fringe, and, most dramatically, a repeated “angel wing” motif in rhinestone applique.

Thank you to the Theatre at Ace Hotel Los Angeles for graciously allowing us to photograph in this amazing venue!

Not only is this set beautiful, it is also versatile. The dramatic design lends itself to use in a wide variety of concert set designs in genres ranging from hard rock to pop to country, depending on the design of the additional set elements.

I’m sure that this amazing rental drapery set will be flying out the doors in the upcoming tour season! Contact us by phone or online to discuss renting it for your next tour or show!

9 01, 2017

Kennedy Honors Stage Shines with Custom and Rental Stage Drapery

By |January 9th, 2017|Clients, Digital Printing, News, Products, Projects|2 Comments

We were excited to once again work with noted art director Alana Billingsley on the Grand Drape for the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors. When Alana reached out to Sew What? / Rent What? Senior Account Manager Gwen Winter to discuss the design vision, Alana’s original thought was to purchase an entire custom drapery package. In looking over Alana’s drawings, however, Gwen realized that the design of the Bi-Parting Drape portion was quite similar to our Crimson Cabaret Bi-Parting Drapes, part of Rent What?’s “Rockin’ Red” Drapery Collection.

Gwen’s suggestion to Alana? Achieve the design vision through a combination of rental and custom drapes, by purchasing a custom manufactured header element and renting our Crimson Cabaret drapery.

Photo Courtesy Alana Billingsley

The beautiful custom header was constructed of 3 large swags of a lightweight translucent shimmery fabric in copper, along with 7 large custom ropes custom-covered in Panne Velvet in Old Gold. The Crimson Cabaret Grand Bi-Parting Drapery is manufactured of Crimson Encore Velour, highlighted by gold digitally printed elements along with gold bullion fringe.

As you can see in the photo, the combination of the purchased and rented elements, along with stage lighting, set off the theater proscenium perfectly. What a beautiful backdrop to showcase the honorees!

29 09, 2016

Timeless and Traditional Drapery Styles for the Holiday Season

By |September 29th, 2016|Products|0 Comments

Getting plenty of inquiries coming in that relate to affordable event and stage drapery looks for the upcoming holiday season.  As always we are well prepared here at Rent What? Inc with a variety of “out of the hamper” and “ready to hang” seasonal drapery sets.

Here are two drapery collections that come immediately to mind should you be planning for the holidays.

Timeless and Traditional Rental Drapery Collection

Capturing the timeless looks of old school theatre and French Burlesque is both naughty and nice.  Select the perfect pieces to compliment your stage and satisfy your budget. We have Austrian Drapes, gorgeous decorated Crimson Cabaret Drapes, Giant Swaggy Borders and Legs, Borders and Jabots to satisfy any full size stage design.

See the full TIMELESS AND TRADITIONAL collection here:

Enjoy a video presentation of this drapery collection on our YouTube channel here:


Silver Satin Rental Drapery Collection

Our silver and pewter toned drapery lights beautifully with a soft yet reflective finish. Not afraid of a hamper or a tour – this fabric is durable, too. Select the perfect pieces from a large inventory to compliment your stage and satisfy your budget.  Austrian Drape, Bi-parting Drapes, Giant Swags, Mini Swagettes, Legs and Borders are all in stock and ready to roll.

See the full SILVER SATIN collection here:

Enjoy a video presentation of this drapery collection our YouTube channel here: