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Jonathan Antoine

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Project: Jonathan Antoine
Fabric: Pewter Textura

For Jonathan Antoine’s first solo performance in the United States, his team was looking for stage curtains that would be easy to work with, light up beautifully, and give the stage a timeless look. Antoine’s team decided to use a variety of our Pewter Textura rental drapes from our Timeless and Traditional Rental Drapery Collection. The stage was set using a mixture of pre-pleated legs and swagettes in various sizes. These rental drapes, along with a creative lighting design, resulted in a stunning stage design that gave the show a modern, yet timeless look.

Barbershop Harmony Society International

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Project: Barbershop Harmony Society International
Fabric: Metal Mesh

For this project, we suggested drapes from our Industrial Textures Collection for the yearly Barbershop Harmony Society International Competition. The main backdrop behind the singers and the rest of the stage was a wide row of Metal Mesh curtains. These drapes come out of the hamper ready to hang, making them perfect for travelling. Grey Encore Velour panels hung behind the Metal Mesh drapes added more dimension and uniformity to the layout. The LED panels and theatrical lighting lit up the center of the stage, giving the backdrop a different mood for each performer.

The Greatest Wedding Ever Donated (G.W.E.D.)

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Project: The Greatest Wedding Ever Donated (G.W.E.D.)
Fabric: White Voile

We were honored to be a part of this wedding to support The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Global Genes. Décor for The Greatest Wedding Ever Donated (G.W.E.D.) included white voile drapes from our Delightably White Rental Collection. We started with a single white voile pleated drapery leg in center stage, then added our 11’h x 16’w and 9’h x 11’w white voile swags. They were able to bring the entire design together by splashing some colorful lighting onto this backdrop to create a completely new feel for each part of the event.

Deer Tick

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Project: Deer Tick
Fabric: Silver Textura

For Deer Tick’s US Tour, we recommended our 12’h x 10’4”w Silver Textura Austrian Zip-Walls from our Silver Satin Rental Drapery Collection. These drapes give a large-scale feel using a smaller size of specialty curtains. These Austrian Zip-Walls have hidden ties on the top, making them very easy to install, and zipping several together created an entire wall length at a much lower height. The reduced size of these drapes, both in height and width, enable them to work in smaller venues beautifully. Our Austrian Zip-Walls can either zip together to create a stunning seamless backdrop or be used as independent legs to add texture and depth to existing staging.

The Avett Brothers

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Project: The Avett Brothers
Fabric: White Voile and White Poly Silk

White Voile Specialty Rental Drapes were used in a very notable and effective way by indie folk-pop group The Avett Brothers. Using White Voile Legs and Swags to help create a truly rockin’ look from our Delightably White rental drape collection, these drapes were layered and lit up to be as ultra-cool as the band playing in front of them. The News Observer showcased the band beautifully, and ultimately showcased our specialty rental drapes too. Using these white voile drapes along with a dramatic Kabuki Solenoid Drape reveal for their New Year’s Eve show, The Avett Brothers were able to create the extraordinary look they were going for.

Photographs By:
Scott Sharpe, News Observer
Leon Goodwin
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Revolution Dance Company at the El Portal Theatre

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Project: Revolution Dance Company at the El Portal Theatre
Fabric: Silver Satin Drapery Collection

Noted choreographer Kristen McQuaid chose a variety of pieces from our Silver Satin Drapery Collection as the backdrop for a performance by the Revolution Dance Company.  The design started by using several of our 28’h x 14’w Silver Satin pleated drapes as the main backdrop, and then was enhanced with swag drapes, including a large 22’h x 40’w Silver Satin Swag and a 16’h x 30’w Silver Satin Swag.

Layering these drapes and swags created an incredible and luxurious look for the show, and changing the lighting scheme between each performance with sensational colors patterns and intensities produced an exceptionable look that was one-of-a-kind.

Photo By: Kristen McQuaid, Choreographer

New Orleans Bingo! Show at The Kennedy Center

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Project: New Orleans Bingo! Show at The Kennedy Center
Fabric: Burgundy Supervel; Timeless and Traditional Drapery Collection

This project included an assortment of our Burgundy Supervel fabric for the legs and borders (both swagged and pleated), and a Venetian Drape from our Timeless and Traditional Drapery Collection with sizes ranging from 23’-28’h and 10’w to 40’w.  Our challenge was to provide theatrical rental drapes that would be versatile, elegant, rich in color and texture, and yet lightweight and easy enough to install in this venue.

The venetian drape is 24’h x 40’w, and has 7 lift lines which can be lifted by hand or mechanically.  It is a fully functioning drape that hangs floor to ceiling, and can be used either as a fully pleated backdrop, as a frame for the stage, or both. It is cut from flame retardant polyester velour fabric fashioned into a classic theatre curtain design.

Black Sabbath tour

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Project: Black Sabbath tour
Fabric: Commando Cloth with metal mesh lava appliquéd.

The Black Sabbath stage design included three giant video screens encased in what needed to appear as lava. To get the lava effect, we created a cut drop from Commando Cloth and then used metal mesh for the lava appliqué. To complete the effect, we added scrim to the cutouts.

Nelly Furtado American Tour

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Project: Nelly Furtado American Tour
Fabric: Silver Satin Collection; Timeless & Traditional Collection

This project started with rich, velvety Black Encore Velour masking drapes to help create negative space on and off stage. Next came three Sew What? custom-built 8’h x 16’w swags to frame the top of the stage, made from a luxurious aqua-gold shimmery organza to reflect various lighting schemes. Lastly, several pre-pleated Pewter Textura drapes from our Industrial Textures Collection were hung in various sizes to help transform the stage into a radiant sight.

Marilyn Manson Tour

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Project: Marilyn Manson Tour
Fabric: White Voile with Low-Tech LED Lights – Starlight LED

These lighted voile drapes were an unexpected but inspired choice for the tour of heavy metal artist Marilyn Manson. Under sophisticated stage lighting, the voile fabric disappears and the LED lights glow like fireworks. Change the lighting, and suddenly the lights look like stars behind the artist. The contrast of the edginess of the artist and the softness of the LED lights was a brilliant way to emphasize the hard core metal music.

Pinnacle Awards – FORTE DESIGN

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Project: Pinnacle Awards – FORTE DESIGN
Fabric: Supervel – Rockin’ Red

This project combined a variety of pieces from the Rockin’ Red collection. In the foreground as the header you see one of our pre-swagged headers. These are adjustable in width – and hang to look great every time. Combined with standard legs and border the completed stage scene was glamorous – and worthy of an award.

Photo Permission: Michael Roccaforte – FORTÉ

David Archuleta

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Project: David Archuleta
Fabric: Supervel / Gold – Timeless and Traditional
Series Voile / White – Delightably White Series
Low-Tech LED drape – Starlight LED Series

This is a wonderful combination showcasing three of our Rent What? Drapery Series – showing jus