Fragment of a Hologram Moss

Posted on Wednesday 8 March 2006


This is pretty cool. Check out the video of Alexander McQueen’s fashion show over on (Link). While the show itself is both visually and musically interesting, the best part is near the end where Kate Moss (I guess that’s who it is) makes a virtual appearance courtesy of some holographic technology {Edit: see comments below for a discussion of the technique used}.

I’ve not seen mention of the tech on any of the regular tech sites I visit, but hopefully I’ll either stumble across mention of it or someone will provide a link. This reminds me of Bono’s 2005 TEDprize acceptance speech.

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    3/9/2006 | 12:15 pm

    The tech is “Pepper’s Ghost” – a projection on a transparent plane set under an angle. Link

    3/9/2006 | 12:50 pm

    Thanks for the info. I’ll admit to wondering how they were able to project what I thought was holographic imagery into the air.

    Bummer. I was hoping this was something to do with one of those new virtual projection systems.

    btw, where was the glass? I was looking for something, but didn’t see anything.

    3/9/2006 | 2:53 pm

    […] 2005 Friends/Clients Support 3d fashion film visualillusion The Holographic Ghost of Kate Moss Thursday 9th March 2006 wayfarer_boy Csven at reBang points to a video of an AlexanderMcQueen’s fall 2006 fashion show that featured an apparition of Kate Moss (fast-forward to the end of the video). The technology, while producing a very nice effect, is not technically “holographic” and is known as Pepper’s Ghost (wiki look-up). Here’s a snippet from The Independent : “Of course, McQueen being McQueen, there was a catch. Moss in person was, in fact, nowhere to be seen. Rather than stalking the bare floorboards alongside her contemporaries, she had been filmed prior to the show and away from the crowds and her image was projected via an optical device, widely known as Pepper’s Ghost, an effect first employed by the mid-19th century chemist John Henry Pepper for a production of Charles Dickens’ The Haunted Man.” […]

    3/9/2006 | 3:14 pm

    Some other articles mention a glass pyramid onto which Kate was projected. It must be that big one that you can see if you watch the earlier parts of the video. Parts of it are also visible, I think, on my screengrab.

    But I also wish it were a real “princess leah” type of tech.

    3/9/2006 | 3:15 pm

    btw, does anyone recognize the story title I’m riffing on?

    3/9/2006 | 6:15 pm

    Cross-post miss.

    Thanks for the info on a glass pyramid. I’ll have to take another look.

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