Video Constumes / Black Eyed Peas / 2011


Benjamin and Nancy Tilbury were approached in 2011 by the Black Eyed Peas stylist B. Åkerlund to develop 3 display costumes for the band and a special light dress for Fergie.


The project was sponsored by Philips Lighting and the pieces were worn by the artists Fergie, Apl.De.Ap and Taboo on the European leg of their Beginning tour. Fergie’s light dress was worn at the Billboard awards earlier in 2011.


I developed the technical element of the pieces with the engineer and entrepreneur Marc De Vits. The main challenge was triggering synchronising the animations to the music. The team solved this by integrating modified DMX control boards into the pieces which meant that they could be triggered by the lighting desk and treated as conventional lighting fixtures - A world first for wearable technology.