The Lustrs feature a slide-in groove for the lenses, which are available in 10 degree sections on both horizontal and vertically planes between 30 and 80 degrees, enabling precise areas to be covered with concentrated amounts of light.
Lambert pre-lit the exhibition – top secret until a week before the Royal Wedding, and then open to the press for a few days only – using mannequins in the designated positions. Once the dresses were in place, some tweaks were necessary requiring the alteration of a couple of the lens configurations. However, this was a quick and easy exercise illustrating the flexibility of the Lustr system.
“There were many challenges but all the solutions were there,” says Lambert who enjoyed the job enormously. In the process, he became quite an aficionado on historical wedding dresses, the finer cultural, political and social ingredients of their design and making and their safe storage and preservation.
For Entec Lighting’s Adam Stevenson, it was a “huge honour” for the company to be invited to work on an event of this profile for such a prestigious client. HRP also had it recorded by their own film team for archival purposes.
Mark White, ETC’s Regional Manager for the UK and Ireland, says: “ETC’s Selador Lustr LED fixtures were specifically designed with a patented system to render whites very accurately, and so are popular in TV studios worldwide. The subtle creams and whites of the wedding dresses were illuminated at just the right levels with the correct tints in the right colour temperatures, providing a heat-free environment that would not damage any of the fragile fabrics and materials.”
Tim Powell, press officer for Historic Royal Palaces comments, “Entec’s lighting design allowed us to showcase these spectacular royal wedding dresses and the stories they tell to a huge global audience by allowing us to meet the needs of the world’s biggest broadcasters. In addition, the use of ETC’s low temperature and power conscious LED lights meant that protecting the dresses didn’t have to compromise the appearance of the display.”
Lustr is intended for TV studios and theatrical use, and so proved perfect for this event which combined the two lighting disciplines in a very specific context. Lustr Classic forms part of a now expanded range of Selador LED fixtures from ETC, each optimised for different purposes.
Entec works regularly on a myriad of fashion shows and events including London Fashion Week, for which these fixtures will also be invaluable creative tools.