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XL Events Supplies Stylish Video for Clothes Show Live

XL Events supplied Haymarket Exhibitions with LED screens, projection, camera systems, control and crew for their annual fashion event, Clothes Show Live.

The event took place over 5 days at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre in December, with top designers and fashion retailers showing the hottest upcoming trends.

The central point of the exhibition was the Suzuki Fashion Theatre, a catwalk show that ran several times daily and featured more than 40 models and dancers.

For the catwalk show, XL Events supplied a 4.5m wide by 5.4m high LED screen located centrally at the rear of the stage. This was formed from 120 tiles of lightweight Pixled FX-11.

The LED screen was flanked either side by scenic projection using double stacks of Barco FLM HD 20 projectors, managed by chief projectionist Chris Johnson.

Built into the end of the main runway was an LED floor, utilizing Pixled F-30 measuring 5.7m by 4.8m. This added an extra visual dimension to the show.

Two Catalyst media servers set up by Salvador Bettencourt Avila and controlled by the show’s Lighting Designer, Nigel Catmur fed video content to the screens. All video playback files were integrated with the lighting cues, which in turn were triggered via timecode so everything happened simultaneously.

Playback content for the show was created by Colin Rozee of ZEEFX Motion Graphics, with whom XL Events worked closely.

To capture the latest fashions as displayed on the models and dancers, XL Events supplied three Sony HXC-100 camera channels, (one at Front of House, and one both sides of the runway). A further Sony SD Robocam was rigged above the end of the runway for overhead shots of the models and content displayed on the LED floor screen.

The accompanying HD PPU fed the IMAG footage to two Barco SLM R12 projectors which supplied the live images to two large relay screens either side of the main stage.

XL Events also supplied two 50” plasma screens for backstage monitoring, showing the live feed, with the timecode cueing the show.

Phil Smith, Project Manager for XL Events, commented: “Clothes Show Live Fashion Theatre is always an exciting project for the events team, and one on which we are pleased to support Haymarket. This year’s design of using a mix of both LED and scenic projection worked extremely well and created some visually stunning backdrops.”