Turn the lights on – Thierry Dreyfus

Since everybody is talking about the fashion weeks and implicit the fashion shows, we thought maybe we should tell you about that one part that some people don’t realize how important it is in a show (but photographers will always be the first to do it): the lighting.

Oh, it is so important, even though it is not the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about a certain fashion show, but it is really, really important.

A good lighting design can dictate a certain mood, create a special energy and feeling, favor the clothes and the models. On the other hand, bad lighting can destroy a show and make everybody feel stressed.

Since we are trying to understand more about this subject, it is important to talk and know more about one of the Gods of lighting: Mr. Thierry Dreyfus. He started his career in 1985 and since than he amazed people with his works of art. He is one of the few people that can tell stories through light.  Thierry Dreyfus took the limits of a fashion show to new heights by creating new concepts for lighting. He co-produced shows for brands like Dior Homme, Helmut Lang, Calvin Klein, Comme des Garçons, Marni and Jil Sander.

“By switching off all the lights inside and outside Notre Dame, I wanted the cathedral to find a new breath. […] Walking out of this nocturnal vision, the souvenir of Notre Dame will remain, I hope, engraved in your eyes. The next morning, you will look back at it with tenderness and perhaps, regrets…yet, differently.”

Besides scenography for fashion shows, his talent has spread towards photography and creating installations too. Some of his most known works would be the lighting design for Eiffel Tower in order to celebrate its 120th celebration and the one for Notre-Dame de Paris in October 2010 – “By switching off all the lights inside and outside Notre Dame, I wanted the cathedral to find a new breath. […] Walking out of this nocturnal vision, the souvenir of Notre Dame will remain, I hope, engraved in your eyes. The next morning, you will look back at it with tenderness and perhaps, regrets…yet, differently.”

Hopefully we made you understand how important lights are in our lives and why we do consider it an art. If not, just go and check Mr. Dreyfus’ website, he will convince you for sure.

Doina

Co-founder of The Smoke Detector, social media manager, writer, art lover, dog-petter, music listener.

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