Harry the Hirer Productions (HtHP) was proud to be the lighting and AV partner for the 2024 Melbourne Fashion Festival held at the World Heritage Royal Exhibition Buildings (REB) and superbly lit by Hugh Taranto.

Taranto jumped at the opportunity to utilise HtHP’s brand new stock of Martin MAC Ones. The MAC Ones’ compact design, speed and the best in class lux to kilos ratio fit perfectly for the premium runway rig. Their lightweight design meant the MAC Ones could be double-rigged off a single attachment point down each side of the 50m catwalk.

Across the week of MFF the MAC Ones versatility was on show over the thirteen individual premium runway shows, used as a soft wash to compliment the main catwalk focus and also to push colour and movement into the spectacular REB vaulted roof space. Hugh also utilised the ‘eye candy’ lens LEDs to great affect creating a mid-layer lighting effect for the 1400 capacity audience.

Changes to the venue rules at the REB since 2023 meant a complete ban on haze steering the lighting design towards a more ‘clean European’ look and the MAC Ones fit the bill perfectly with their compact flat base and wide Fresnel aperture hiding most of the fixture and ensuring the focus is on the output and eye candy not the fixture itself.

HtHP Account Manager and Festival Technical Director Marcus Pugh commented “I’ve been absolutely gagging to get our new MAC Ones onto their first major Australian Event and couldn’t be happier that it was the Fashion Festival. I first saw (and fell in love with) the MAC One as an engineering sample 12 months ago at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt. We knew straight away that this compact ‘non pizza tray face’ wash was the perfect addition the HtHP lighting arsenal and ordered 150 on the spot! It’s been a long wait to get these little gems into a design and they did not disappoint.”

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