White Light Dresses Up the British Fashion Awards

David and Victoria Beckham at British Fashion Awards

The British Fashion Awards celebrate the breadth and depth of talent in the British fashion industry.

This year’s event took place on 23rd November at The ENO Coliseum and was attended by some of the most recognisable faces in the world, including David Beckham, Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell and Lewis Hamilton.

Having already worked on several fashion showcases this year, White Light provided the lighting support, power distribution and project management for this event.

Across the evening, WL assisted with lighting of the building’s exterior, the main auditorium along with the red carpet for when the high-profile guests arrived.

This involved working closely with the Award’s Lighting Designer Petter Skramstad. He comments: “With the lighting, I wanted to keep it very clean and simple. We needed a few punchy effects for the actual award presentation yet we didn’t want to create something too flashy. It also had to work alongside the video presentations that were used throughout the ceremony”.

Petter drew on WL’s state-of-the-art technology in order to assemble his lighting rig. He comments: “We used Clay Paky Sharpys as table pinspots and used Vari-Lite VL3500Q Spots for the stage lighting. Martin MAC Aura XBs were used to create a general wash whilst the 20 Colour Force 48 Battens allowed for great white light and pastels”. For the lighting of the red carpet and the building’s exterior, WL supplied 28 x SGM P5s, 24 x Arri 2KW Fresnels, 14 x Galaxia LED Soft Lights and 16 x CORE ColourPoint 30s.

Alongside the lighting, WL also assisted with the logistics of running the evening. Jim Lambert, Lead Production Manager for the Awards, comments: “The biggest obstacle was the lack of time combined with the vast amount of equipment that required setting up. There is a noise curfew in the street behind The ENO Coliseum which prevents loading in through the theatre’s stage dock between certain  hours. Therefore managing the logistics of some 30 trucks of various staging, AV and catering equipment was extremely tricky!”.

This meant precise planning was of vital importance, especially as The ENO Coliseum had three shows in rotation. Dominic Yates, WL’s Project Manager, comments: “We had about 30 hours to achieve the load in, which entailed the construction of the entire event, and then only twelve hours to load out again as the English National Opera were performing the very next night. Working alongside Jim and The Coliseum, we were able to ensure that the evening ran as smoothly as possible”.

WL also supplied power distribution for all of the other departments working on the Awards, including catering and backstage. Dom comments: “We have worked on several high-profile award ceremonies and fully understand the important role each different area plays throughout the evening. The entire show is quite holistic so we tried to provide support wherever we could”.

Petter comments: “Having WL’s constant assistance was invaluable. I spoke with the team, gave them my plan and they were able to achieve this for me. They were a huge support every step of the way”. Jim adds: “This was actually my first time working with WL. It was a great experience and I was really pleased with the overall success of the evening”.

The British Fashion Awards marks one of many fashion shows that WL has worked on this year, including London Fashion Week, where the company supported shows for Vivienne Westwood, Alexander Lewis and Julien Macdonald.

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