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The Black Eyed Peas’ costume designers: Behind the scenes

Posted by lightcommunity@2d298ece3a00485182d4941ac6c3f0ea in TalkLight on Aug 11, 2011 6:43:44 PM 7380 Views

Back in June, world-famous hip hop group, The Black Eyed Peas, kicked off their sold-out performance to 80,000 fans in the Stade de France wearing unique dynamic-light costumes created with LED and OLED technology.  Their revolutionary stage clothing was designed and created by Philips Lighting’s Chief Design Officer, Rogier van der Heide, and his multi-skilled design team in collaboration with the Peas’ renowned Costume Designer B. Åkerlund.


Now you can get a behind-the-scenes look from Rogier at how the costumes were conceived, designed and built by the team:


This collaboration debuted in May when singer Fergie wore a one-of-a-kind luminous “little black dress” at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards.  This time, Fergie, Taboo and shone even brighter with outfits specially designed around Philips lighting technology that seamlessly and wirelessly interact with the stage lighting and music beats.


Fergie’s leather cat suit was integrated with 75 OLED panels, which look like mirrored glass when turned off. But when illuminated, the panels can be controlled remotely through a software program to orchestrate patterns and lighting sequences to the set list, resulting in a truly innovative and integrated performance of music, lighting and technology.



In addition to Fergie’s cat suit, the team developed custom leather costumes for and Taboo that integrated different lighting elements to reflect their unique personalities and styles. wore a leather LED suit designed to mimic a graphic equalizer, as well as integrating the Philippine flag, to reflect his national pride and love of music.


Taboo’s suit complemented the group’s futuristic style with silicone studs to diffuse the light of nearly 1,000 LEDs, moving in patterns across his body and in sync with the rest of his band mates.


“Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum; it takes collaboration with creative, like-minded individuals who can explore the possibilities from multiple angles and areas of expertise in an organic and authentic way” said Van der Heide. “Working closely with B. Åkerlund and the members of The Black Eyed Peas, we were able to integrate OLED and LED technologies into the set design through fashion to create something truly unique to kick off their 2011 tour.”


If you had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to outfit your favorite band or performer, what would you like to do with lighting technology and clothing?


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