Drape Kings Continues Partnership with Madame Tussauds

Drape Kings NY Metro has been working in concert with the legendary museum Madame Tussauds New York for their ongoing celebrity wax figure reveals. These reveals, including Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran, and soccer star Lionel Messi, continue an ongoing staging partnership, culminating in the recent, record breaking five wax figure reveal of The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon. These Drape Kings produced events, often featuring the stars themselves viewing their extraordinarily lifelike figure for the first time, vary in presentation from a dramatic Kabuki drop with full proscenium staging and step and repeat backdrop to a simpler Red Supervel pullback reveal with an LED star drape backdrop. Drape Kings’ New York Business Development Manager, Tod Buchanan, states “I always enjoy meetings with Madame Tussaud’s. They are great to work with, and I love their attention to detail. It is almost impossible to tell who is wax, and who is real, because the wax figures look so life like. They also give us the opportunity to be creative, and run with an idea, to make the unveiling awesome. I look forward to many more events with them. Throughout their collaboration, Drape Kings and Madame Tussauds NY have broken not one but two records in the company’s 200+ year history. The first record breaking event was the February 2013 reveal of a previously unprecedented four figures featuring the late, Grammy Award winning singer Whitney Houston. That record was broken this past March when Drape Kings once again partnered with Madame Tussauds for the reveal of Jimmy Fallon’s five figures. Additional reveals featuring the staging work of Drape Kings included Mad Men’s Jon Hamm in character as “Don Draper,” 70’s musical icons Abba in a reveal featuring the leading ladies of Broadway’s Mamma Mia, Modern Family’s Sophia Vergara and Marvel comic book legend “The Hulk.” Regarding the successful, ongoing event partnership between the two creative companies, Madame Tussauds New York’s Blaine McCurry states “Drape Kings has been our event production “go-to(s)” for several years and have proven time and time again why they are the leaders in the industry in NYC. We’ll be using them for many years to come!” Pharrell and Jon Hamm photos courtesy of Madame...

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Drape Kings Wins Multiple Regional Awards

Drape Kings proudly announces their recent wins at both the 2015 ISES DC Influence and Chicago N.I.C.E. Awards. These wins, for Best Event Support Services and Best N.I.C.E Team Event respectively, are a reflection of the company’s dedication to superior customer service and an ingrained belief that genuine collaboration between industry professionals is the key to creating visually striking, memorable events.     Monday, May 11th Drape Kings was honored with the ISES DC Influence Award in the category of Best Event Support Services for their work with the 2014 Gettysburg Great Campaign Kick Off. This event, which began the College’s $150 million campaign to improve the educational experience of future students, required a true statement gala for the start of its global fundraising efforts. Drape Kings transformed the school’s Beam Gymnasium into two dynamic event spaces using over 1,000 ft of 22’h Latte Supervel event drape and 15,000 sq ft of show carpet in Gettysburg’s colors of Cobalt and Orange. These spaces were separated with additional Latte Supervel hanging 95ft high on Drape King’s exceptionally quiet traveler track, and this spectacular metamorphosis provided the client with a sensational venue, helping to kick off a campaign that has already raised $90 million towards its goal.   On April 20th Drape Kings was again honored for their annual sponsorship of AFR’s “Design Spark Chicago” event. This event, established as a yearly unveiling of AFR’s new product line, saw two blank studio spaces on different levels of Resolution Digital Studios reinvented into high energy event spaces. The ground level evolved into a magical reception area featuring a stage backdrop of Chameleon Star Drape overlaid with White Sheer. The stage wings, including a floating ceiling treatment, were formed with Drape Kings crisp, White Supervel while the seating area featured a striking White and Black Sheer canopy. The second level was enveloped in White Supervel creating a stylish, Hollywood worthy screening studio. This win is a reflection of the dynamic collaboration between Drape Kings and fellow event professionals AFR Event Furnishings, Kaiser Tiger, Carey Smolensky Productions, Arena Americas, Food For Thought, Tasty Catering, The Revel Group and Limelight Catering. Congratulations to the staff of all three offices for their combined effort in creating these wonderful...

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Here’s… Jimmy (Fallon, Of Course)!

If you are like most of us, by the time Friday rolls around, you’re often dreaming of the weekend, free time & fun.  5PM couldn’t come fast enough.  But when your Friday morning involves helping Jimmy Fallon reveal not one, but FIVE wax likenesses of himself, Friday morning takes on a whole new level of awesomeness! Friday, March 27th was all that and more that when the Kingdom of Drape helped the wonderful team at Madame Tussauds NY reveal their latest works of art to a packed crowd filled not only with press from around the world but Fallon fans big and small, including children from Merlin’s Magic Wand.  A showstopping event that demonstrated the skills of Madame Tussauds’ top artists as well as an array of Drape Kings specialties including: Theatrical Staging, Kabuki Reveal, Step & Repeat Banner, Truss & Track, Black Encore & Red Supervel Event Drape, Black Carpet, as well as Red Ropes & Chrome Stanchions. The event, which saw a truly honored Fallon marvel at the artistry and talents of the Madame Tussauds’ staff, was the largest reveal in the company’s history (the previous record holder being their four statue, Whitney Houston reveal, also a Drape Kings production). Now that’s a reason to enjoy Friday mornings...

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Barneys’ Baz Dazzling Holiday Windows!

As the holiday season gets into full swing, one of New York’s favorite traditions, the unveiling of the holiday store windows, kicks off.  This year Barneys’ rose the bar to a legendary level with their Baz Dazzled unveiling, under the creative wand of Baz Lurhmann, director of such Hollywood blockbusters as Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, with costume designs by Catherine Martin.  The almost 5 minute performance featured opera singers, ice skaters, dancers, a marching band and an a capella performance by Pentatonix. As a part of Mr. Lurhmann’s design, Drape Kings provided its Custom Crushed Gold Bullion Drape attached to traveler track as a background for the evening’s musical guests. Framing the stage and wrapping the holiday windows were an additional five pairs of matching 9ft high by 14ft wide Custom Crushed Gold Bullion tear away drape. Press play to see this glittery holiday event in action!...

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Drape Kings goes to the Dogs!

If you’ve ever met someone who works at Drape Kings, you will quickly realize that we are a kingdom that LOVES animals!  Our office has, on a regular day, between 3-4 dogs in residence making sure your order goes out on time and looking fabulous. So, when our friends at BarkBox called for almost 8,000 square feet of our Ivy AstroTurf for their First Annual “BarkFest” in Madison Square Park, you had an office full of very excited pups (And quite a few pup parents as well!)! The inaugural event included a pup themed movie and, of course, some delicious treats for our four legged friends! Check out some pics from this ruffdiculously adorable event. Hope to see you there next year! Thank you to our friends at BarkBox for these adorable...

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Drape Kings Washington DC Business Development Manager Named ISES DC President

Drape Kings Washington DC Business Development Manager Meredith Greene was named President of the Greater Washington DC Chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES) for the 2014-2015 year. ISES, as stated in their vision, is “the principal association representing the creative events professional, globally.” This is done through their providing education, networking and mentoring opportunities for member’s professional development.   As Chapter President it is Ms. Greene’s goal to be the #1 resource for Washington DC event professionals through focusing her term on the implementation of ISES International’s new core education curriculum in the areas of planning, entertainment, décor, food + beverage, rentals, speakers, tenting, venues and A/V technical services. Furthermore Ms. Greene is leading the chapter in their effort to keep their members and attendees well informed on monthly events as well as educational and volunteer opportunities via the implementation of the Star Chapter association management system.   “It is no surprise that Meredith is assuming the role of President” states 2012-2013 ISES Greater Washington DC Chapter President Heidi (Berger) Brown. “From the very beginning of her time with ISES she has shown nothing but an eagerness to help and benefit the chapter. That thoughtfulness and drive paired with her natural sense of leadership and guidance skills is the essence of what makes an excellent President. I can’t wait to see where this fantastic lady takes the chapter in the next year!”   “Meredith has been an absolute invaluable asset to the Drape Kings family from day one” stated Chief Operating Officer Kevin Goodrich “I’m certain she will be equally vital to the continued success of the ISES DC chapter. “ The entire Drape Kings team is proud of Meredith taking the reins of the ISES Greater Washington DC Chapter for the upcoming year and look forward to seeing her drive and creative vision come to life. Here’s to a wonderful...

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Drape Kings’ Vinnie Salvetti Receives ISES NY Metro Service Excellence Award

Drape Kings Senior Field Technician Vinnie Salvetti was honored with one of the first ISES New York Metro Service Excellence Awards on Monday, June 9th at the 13th Annual Big Apple Awards Gala held at the New York Historical Society in Manhattan. The ISES NY Metro Service Excellence Award was created as a way to honor the unsung event industry professional who “delivers exemplary service, consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty, and dedicates him or herself to their work, their company and their clients on behalf of their organizations.” Sharing the first awarding of this honor with Mr. Salvetti are fellow recipients Caryn Oberstein of Wizard Studios and Declan Cox of Fresco by Scotto.   “So much of the fantastic work that occurs within the events industry is done behind the curtain.” States 2013-2014 ISES NY Metro President and Managing Director of Sequence, Adam Sloyer. “The individuals who shine behind the scenes deserve to be recognized for their exemplary work. There’s no question that Vinnie Salvetti has set a high bar for this award moving forward.”   Drape Kings is a privately held company with offices in New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC Metro areas. The company is the worldwide leader of Pipe & Drape systems, offering one of the largest collections of drape styles and colors from Broadway-quality velour to basic trade show banjo. As part of its expansive inventory, the company has a full complement of related décor and theatricals including Quick & Traveler Tracks, Kabuki Drops, Hollywood Quality Step & Repeats, and Red Carpet & Stanchions. Providing rental & staging services, Drape King also offers custom fabrication, drape and hardware sales, and wet cleaning...

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The King of Drape & X-Men Unite!

“X-Men: Days of Future Past.” One of the most talked about movies of the 2014 summer kicked off on Saturday, May 10th at New York City Jacob Javits Center with the King of Drape joining the team. The stunning reception area, traditionally used only as an entrance into the other exhibit halls, was instead on display in all of its metal and glass glory serving as an elegant theater for an epic re-imagination of the X-Men film universe. Drape Kings provided over 1300 feet of our heavy duty, Black Encore event drape to line the theater’s perimeter as well as act as a non traditional screen surround. Additional Black Encore served as a back drop for the Fan “Meet & Great” line as well as a 50ft of traveler track for crowd control. This is the must see movie of the summer and we loved being a part of its grand New York City Movie Premiere kick off! Event Production: Samantha Sackler Productions Photos: Line 8...

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Drape Kings’ Chicago Business Development Manager Wins N.I.C.E. Award

Drape Kings Chicago Business Development Manager Whitney Taylor was honored with the NACE Rising Star Award at the 13th Annual N.I.C.E. Awards this month at the Hotel Chicago. The NACE Rising Star Award is presented annually to a single NACE member who “displays impressive talent, and is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.” Ms. Taylor, who has positively impacted the Chicago Drape Kings team since inception in August 2012, has been with the Chicago NACE chapter since 2012, and currently holds the title of Vice President of Programs. “I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this prestigious award.” states Jull Zugaj, NACE President and Creative Partner at Chicago Farm Tables, “In her time as a member of NACE Chicago Whitney has exemplified enthusiasm, dedication, and an unmatched spirit that has not only been inspiring to our organization but to the events industry as a whole. She is a nonstop ball of energy that is a force to be reckoned with!  Our chapter is so very lucky to have this amazing and dynamic presence moving our chapter in a positive direction.” Drape Kings is a privately held company with offices in New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC Metro areas. The company is the worldwide leader of Pipe & Drape systems, offering one of the largest collections of drape styles and colors from Broadway-quality velours to basic trade show banjo. As part of its expansive inventory, the company has a full complement of related décor and theatricals including Quick & Traveler Tracks, Kabuki Drops, Hollywood Quality Step & Repeats, and Red Carpet & Stanchions. Providing rental & staging services, Drape King also offers custom fabrication, drape and hardware sales, and wet cleaning...

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Drape Kings CEO Presents “Pipe & Drape: From Basics to Brilliance” at The Special Event 2014

Drape Kings Founder and CEO Dru Whitacre shared his 30 plus years of knowledge and experience in a 90-minute seminar at The Special Event 2014 in Nashville this January. Whitacre covered a wide range of topics, from fabrics for all occasions to hardware 101 when he addressed an audience of business owners, decision makers, production managers, and designers. He also discussed the importance of fabric finishes, flat vs. fullness, and the “hot” topic of flame resistance: FR vs IFR. The audience, which drew professionals from around the world, also learned about “brilliance” when Whitacre spoke about specialty applications, such as layers, traveler tracks, kabuki reveals, step & repeats, and an impressive range of lighting techniques used to achieve a “wow” effect. “Dru’s seminars are wonderful!” said Jay Sims, owner of Event Sales and...

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