In September central London’s hi-tech Congress Centre made a temporary departure from hosting large conferences and meetings, when the architecturally renowned venue hosted an acclaimed catwalk show during London Fashion Week for celebrity design duo, Vin + Omi. To celebrate, when you book an event at Congress Centre you will receive 5% off your final bill* when you mention this offer.
Congress Hall, the largest space at Congress Centre, was transformed for Vin + Omi’s Spring/Summer ’17 catwalk show with hundreds of large black origami birds suspended from the original 1950s’ space-frame glazed ceiling, which had been blacked out for the occasion. Black drapes were hung from the walls and giant black flower sculptures were installed to stunning effect, whilst dark red lighting succeeded in creating a contemporary gothic mood.
Renowned in the fashion world for dressing celebrities including Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Grayson Perry and Pamela Anderson, the show featured 51 stunning outfits modelled by celebrities including actor Julia Sawalha, DJ Jo Whiley, double Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams MBE, and media personality Grace Woodward, who were barely recognisable in their oversized theatrical wigs.
According to Vin: “The show was a huge success and succeeded in attracting all the key buyers, bloggers and fashion media we hoped it would, as well as a host of celebrities who came to watch the show. [The show was subsequently featured in a wide range of national, international and online media including Vogue, The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail]. Congress Centre leapt out as the perfect venue for the show as it has the right proportions, facilities, location and excellent staff. In order for us to have the confidence to transform a large space into a catwalk environment we needed the full support of the venue and Congress Centre’s staff have been wonderfully open-minded and supportive. Without this cooperation, great events cannot happen!”
In addition to Congress Hall where the main show took place, the celebrity design duo booked the Congress Suites (four interconnecting rooms next to the Hall) to house the large backstage team of 150 people required for hair, makeup and nails.
*Offer subject to availability and valid for new bookings taking place at the venue before 31/1/17.
Image courtesy of Audrey Krako / Vin + Omi.