Fendi: Drones

Fendi: Drones

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Italian fashion powerhouse Fendi wanted to do something a bit “out there” for Fashion Week.  So we created the world’s first live-streaming catwalk show filmed by aeronautical Drone Cams.

The experience merged a live-action broadcast with revolutionary technological prowess. The entire experience was built in a single month, working alongside Google to create a truly innovative fashion feat.

Live Streaming Broadcast

Fashion fans were able to visit Fendi.com to view Fendi’s A/W14 show and had the option to switch between standard ground-based cameras and the aerial shots provided by bespoke flying Fendi-branded Drones, creating an unprecedented 360º streaming experience that captured the runway from every angle.

The Process

Through a process of meticulous research, prototyping, and creative problem-solving, we were able to overcome the innate problems of timing, safety, and quality. The team became experts in Drone technology by learning on-the-fly, taking fashion’s first branded drones to the stage.

Our initial concept focused on suspending each drone from cables situated above the catwalk’s floor, but creating a system of suspension cables that hung over 1500 guests and 50 international models was a safety concern, pushing us to consider the use of the lightweight Parrot Drones.

However, Parrot Drones were unable to support the weight of the original (5D) camera, rigging, and set-up that we had initially developed. So we decided that each drone would be flown by a team of highly-trained pilots. This ensured that those in attendance would remain safe as the drowns flew overhead.

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