Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is an annual show sponsored by and featuring Victoria's Secret, a brand of lingerie and sleepwear. Victoria's Secret uses the show to promote and market its goods in high-profile settings.
|Victoria's Secret Fashion Show|
|Inaugurated||August 1, 1995|
|Website||Victoria's Secret Fashion Show|
The show is a lavish event with elaborate costumed lingerie, varying music by leading entertainers, and set design according to the different themes running within the show. The show attracts hundreds of celebrities and entertainers, with special performers and acts every year. Each year, twenty to forty of the world's top fashion models are selected to perform in the fashion show. In a typical year, this includes about a half dozen women under contract to the company, known as Victoria's Secret Angels; the current Angels include Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Lais Ribeiro, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Martha Hunt, Sara Sampaio, Romee Strijd, Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill, Josephine Skriver, Barbara Palvin, Alexina Graham, Grace Elizabeth, and Leomie Anderson.
American network television broadcasts the show during prime time. The first few shows in the 1990s were held in the days preceding Valentine's Day to promote the brand for this holiday. They were not aired on national television. In 1999 and 2000, the show was webcast. Beginning in 2001, the shows were moved ahead of the Christmas holiday season. Also in 2001, the show made its network television broadcast debut on ABC, though from 2002 to 2017, it had been broadcast on CBS; the show moved back to ABC for the 2018 edition. The show has been held at a variety of locations in different cities including Miami, Los Angeles, Cannes, Paris, London, and Shanghai. The first four shows were held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, but since it has become a televised event, it has most often been held at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City.
The first fashion show extravaganza, introduced by Stephanie Seymour, was held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City in August 1995. The show also featured Beverly Peele and Frederique van der Wal. This first fashion show occurred two months before The Limited, parent company of Victoria's Secret owner Intimate Brands, sold an initial public offering of a 16 percent stake in the company and almost had Seymour make an appearance at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) for the opening bell. She actually did ring the closing bell at the NYSE as part of the publicity campaign. The subsequent three annual shows were also held at the Plaza.
In 1999, during Super Bowl XXXIII, Victoria's Secret announced a 72-hour countdown to the Internet webcast of the Victoria's Secret fashion show, which resulted in over 2 million internet viewers of the show. Parent company Intimate Brands bought a $1.5 million ($2.3 million today) 30-second television advertisement during the Super Bowl broadcast and spent an additional $4 million ($6 million) for subsequent international newspaper advertisements to publicize the event. The show, which was aired by Broadcast.com, featured Tyra Banks, Laetitia Casta, Heidi Klum, Karen Mulder, Daniela Peštová, Inés Rivero, and Seymour. In 1999 and 2000, the show was broadcast live on the internet, but the 2000 show was moved for a year from the usual February event at the Plaza to a May event in concert with the Cannes Film Festival in France to raise money for the Cinema Against AIDS charity; it raised $3.5 million.
In 2001, the show, which was hosted by Rupert Everett, returned to the New York City but at Bryant Park instead of the Plaza. That year, the show made its broadcast debut on ABC, drawing millions of viewers as well as some middle-brow controversy; the Federal Communications Commission received many complaints about the broadcast every year. The show has continued to be broadcast on network television every year since.
From 2002 through 2005, it was held at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City. The 2004 show was canceled due to a widespread crackdown on perceived indecency in broadcasting stemming from the Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy, in which Jackson encountered a breast-revealing "wardrobe malfunction". Before the 2005 show, Banks announced her retirement from modeling and embarkation on a television career with The Tyra Banks Show, making the 2005 show a farewell to her decade of fashion shows for the company.
In 2004, instead of the annual fashion show, the Angels (Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen, Adriana Lima, and Alessandra Ambrosio) did an Angels Across America Tour, a grassroots campaign for the brand visiting four major cities: New York City, Miami, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.
The 2006 and 2007 shows were held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. On November 13, 2007, the Victoria's Secret Angels were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame right outside the Kodak Theatre. The 2007 Angels honored in this celebration to mark Victoria's Secret's 25th anniversary on Hollywood Boulevard were Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Karolína Kurková, Selita Ebanks, Izabel Goulart, Marisa Miller, and Miranda Kerr. The other models, who also appeared in that year's fashion show, were in attendance that day. The 2008 show coincided with the grand re-opening of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel.
In 2006, Victoria's Secret sub-brand PINK made its debut on the runway. Justin Timberlake opened the show with his popular song "Sexy Back". This year fashion show was the final walk of Gisele Bündchen.
The 2007 show featured a performance by the Spice Girls and gained prominence as the first American TV debut of the band after their comeback. Kanye West was also scheduled to perform at the event, but cancelled his appearance due to his mother's death. will.i.am was called to perform in his place.
The 2008 show was held at Fountainebleu Miami Beach, Florida. Usher was appeared on the show as well as opened it. Unlike the other shows, the runway was designed parallel with the audience seats.
In 2009, the fashion show took place in New York City at the Lexington Avenue Armory, where it was last held in 2005. The 2009 show was notable for featuring the results of a competition, called the Victoria's Secret Model Search, to find a new Victoria's Secret "runway Angel." The winner was announced as Kylie Bisutti.
The 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion show aired on November 30, 2010 on CBS, and featured performances by Katy Perry and Akon. A promotional ad featured a lipdub for Katy Perry's "Firework". As of 2010, 152 models have walked the show.
In 2011, Kanye West started his song "Stronger" with a tribute to his mother who had died before his scheduled performance four years before, saying: "In 2007, I was supposed to perform this song on this show ...and I lost my superhero. Now she's my super-angel."
In 2012, an outfit worn by model Karlie Kloss, which was reminiscent of Native American attire, sparked controversy due to its alleged stereotypical depiction of Native Americans. Victoria's Secret released a statement of apology shortly after, saying that they will remove it from future advertisements and the broadcast. Kloss apologized on her Twitter account for the outfit and expressed her support for the outfit's removal in the broadcast.
In 2013, the Victoria's Secret Fashion show featured performances by Taylor Swift, A Great Big World, Neon Jungle, and Fall Out Boy. Taylor Swift performed "I Knew You Were Trouble", A Great Big World performed "Say Something", UK's Neon Jungle made their US television debut with "Trouble", and Fall Out Boy performed with Taylor Swift in "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark" and later performed "The Phoenix".
In 2014, the Victoria's Secret Fashion show featured performances by Taylor Swift; Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and Hozier. Taylor Swift performed "Blank Space" and "Style". Ed Sheeran performed "Thinking Out Loud". Ariana Grande performed "Love Me Harder", "Bang Bang", "Break Free", and "Problem". Hozier performed "Take Me to Church". During the show, Ariana Grande was performing and was hit by accident by Elsa Hosk's wings.
In 2015, the show featured performances by The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, and Ellie Goulding. The Weeknd performed "In the Night" and "Can't Feel My Face" for the show, while Gomez performed a medley of "Hands to Myself" and "Me & My Girls" for the PINK segment. Goulding was contracted as a replacement for Rihanna, who had cancelled her appearance just one week before the show in order to focus on recording her album Anti. Goulding performed "Army" and "Love Me Like You Do" for the show.
In 2016, the Victoria's Secret Fashion show featured performances by The Weeknd (performed "Starboy"), Lady Gaga (performed "Million Reasons", plus a medley of "A-Yo" and "John Wayne"), and Bruno Mars (performed "Chunky" for the Pink brand and "24k Magic" for the VS brand). The executive producer of Victoria's Secret, Ed Razek, chose Grand Palais in Paris, France, as the show's location. A major challenge faced with the show was the size of the building and how the show could be showcased on a small TV, as well as the natural lighting in the building, which would get in the way of the tradition of the show being held at night.
The 2017 show was held in Shanghai, China and was the first Victoria's Secret Fashion Show to be held in Asia. The show featured the first-ever segment in collaboration with another brand, French fashion house Balmain. The theme and designs were co-steered by Victoria's Secret and Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing. Performers included Harry Styles (performed Kiwi and Only Angel), Miguel (performed Pineapple Skies and Told You So), Jane Zhang (performed a medley of Work For It, 808, and Dust My Shoulders Off), and Leslie Odom Jr. (performed Winter Song). A performance by Katy Perry was cancelled due to her visa to travel to China being revoked. A week before the show was due to be filmed, model Gigi Hadid confirmed that she was also denied to attend the show. Russian, Ukrainian, and Nigerian models, including Kate Grigorieva, Irina Sharipova, Julia Belyakova, Dasha Khlystun, and Mayowa Nicholas, all of which were due to feature in the show, were also reportedly denied visas for entry to China, and therefore were not featured in the show.
The show's viewership has decreased dramatically over a five year period, losing around two-thirds of its viewers. In 2014, the audience numbered 9.2 million viewers, while in 2018, it had 3.2 million viewers. A potential reason is women's changing perception of the company's overall marketing. Retail analyst Paul Lejuez stated "Women don’t want to be viewed as stereotypical sexy supermodels buying lingerie just to impress men."
In May 2019, Les Wexner, CEO of L Brands (which is the parent company of Victoria's Secret), issued a memo to employees about innovating "the traditional Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Going forward we don’t believe network television is the right fit. In 2019 and beyond, we’re focusing on developing exciting and dynamic content and a new kind of event."
Victoria's Secret WingsEdit
The arguably most unique feature of each year's collection are the inclusion of wings as part of some of the outfits. The idea to feature wings as part of the collection came in the wake of the immense success of the "Angels"-bra line, which was advertised with the models Tyra Banks, Helena Christensen, Karen Mulder, Daniela Pestova, and Stephanie Seymour wearing wings, and was introduced to the annual show in 1998. The very same models who were featured in the campaigns for the "Angel"-bra line, with the exception of Chandra North filling in the spot for Christensen, walked the runway with Angel wings on. Over the years, the show featured various forms and sizes of wings, such as butterfly, peacock, or devil wings, which have become emblematic of the Victoria's Secret brand. In theory, wings are any ornamental back piece worn by a model on the runway, or any sort of structural appendage resembling traditional wings. Even though the amount of wings have expanded over the years and thus far have taken away the prestige to wear wings, a lot of models still consider it an honour to wear wings.
Adriana Lima has worn the most wings in the history of the show. With her count of 22 pair of wings, she's closely followed by Alessandra Ambrosio and Candice Swanepoel, who have worn 18 pair of wings.
The early webcasts were criticized for poor connection, and users that could connect were subjected to low video quality. One critic from The New York Times described the initial 20th-century webcast experience as having felt like he was "watching a striptease through a keyhole".
Some critics have described the 21st-century televised editions of the show as pornographic, while others have described it as both "outright commercialism" and indistinguishable from an infomercial. The Federal Communications Commission has received complaints regarding the broadcast, but no fines have been imposed, with the FCC, following the 2001 airing, citing the First Amendment and stating that "sexual or excretory activities or organs in a patently offensive manner as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium" were not broadcast. In the initial 2001 airing ABC blurred the screen on particularly sheer lingerie. This enabled the show to pass muster with its internal Broadcast Standards and Practices department and to achieve a TV Parental Guidelines rating of TV-14 (a rating maintained for each broadcast presentation over the years), as a TV-MA rating is virtually unmarketable for advertisers on broadcast television. In 2002, the National Organization for Women protested the show calling it a "soft-core porn infomercial." They were joined in protest by the Parents Television Council and other watchdog organizations. Despite the program's timeslot and parental ratings, some affiliates have chosen not to air the program, including Fisher Communications' CBS stations in Boise and Idaho Falls, Idaho in the past. In 2009, the American Decency Association organized email letters of protests to sponsors of the show including AT&T, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Netflix, Nikon, and Reebok. CBS has described the event as "the Super Bowl of fashion".
Typically, one model is chosen among the Angels to wear a bejeweled bra dubbed the "Fantasy Bra". It was first advertised in the Victoria's Secret catalog, but since 2001 has been worn in the fashion shows. Prior to each fashion show, Victoria's Secret contracts a renowned jewelry designer to craft the bra to be used as a focal point for promoting the fashion show and as a centerpiece within it. The company offers the Fantasy Bra for sale as "the ultimate holiday"gift. However, only the centerpiece from the 2004 Heavenly "70" Fantasy Bra and the 2012 Floral Fantasy Bra and Gift Set have found a buyer. If not bought, the bras are usually dismantled after a year.
Heidi Klum and Adriana Lima have worn the Fantasy Bra in three different years. Gisele Bündchen, Tyra Banks, Karolína Kurková, and Alessandra Ambrosio have each worn two Fantasy Bras. Tyra Banks also wore the 1996 Million Dollar Miracle Bra during the 1999 fashion show. As of 2018, the fantasy bra has been worn by 8 times by a Brazilian model, 5 times by an American model, 4 times by a German model, and 3 times by a Czech model.
The $15 million price tag for the 2000 bra worn by Gisele Bündchen earned a place in the Guinness World Records as the most expensive item of lingerie ever created. The $3 million 2009 Harlequin Fantasy Bra and the $2 million 2010 Bombshell Fantasy Bra were designed by Damiani. Listed below are the prices per set (including accessories for the 2007 and 2013 editions, the 2013 bra alone is worth $8,000,000). The 2012 Floral Fantasy Bra was accompanied by a $500,000 perfume bottle.
|1996||Million Dollar Miracle Bra||Claudia Schiffer||$1,000,000||✘|||
|1997||Diamond Dream Bra||Tyra Banks||$3,000,000||✘|
|1998||Dream Angel Bra||Daniela Peštová||$5,000,000||✘|
|1999||Millennium Bra||Heidi Klum||$10,000,000||✘|||
|2000||Red Hot Fantasy Bra/Panties||Gisele Bündchen||$15,000,000||✘|||
|2001||Heavenly Star Bra||Heidi Klum||$12,500,000|||
|2002||Star of Victoria Fantasy Bra||Karolína Kurková||$10,000,000|||
|2003||Very Sexy Fantasy Bra||Heidi Klum||$11,000,000|||
|2004||Heavenly "70" Fantasy Bra||Tyra Banks||$10,000,000||✘|||
|2005||Sexy Splendor Fantasy Bra||Gisele Bündchen||$12,500,000|||
|2006||Hearts On Fire Diamond Fantasy Bra||Karolína Kurková||$6,500,000|||
|2007||Holiday Fantasy Bra Set||Selita Ebanks||$4,500,000|||
|2008||Black Diamond Fantasy Miracle Bra||Adriana Lima||$5,000,000|||
|2009||Harlequin Fantasy Bra||Marisa Miller||$3,000,000|||
|2010||Bombshell Fantasy Bra||Adriana Lima||$2,000,000|||
|2011||Fantasy Treasure Bra||Miranda Kerr||$2,500,000|||
|2012||Floral Fantasy Bra & Gift Set||Alessandra Ambrosio||$2,500,000|||
|2013||Royal Fantasy Bra||Candice Swanepoel||$10,000,000|||
|2014||Dream Angels Fantasy Bras|| Alessandra Ambrosio
|2015||Fireworks Fantasy Bra||Lily Aldridge||$2,000,000|||
|2016||Bright Night Fantasy Bra||Jasmine Tookes||$3,000,000|||
|2017||Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra||Lais Ribeiro||$2,000,000|||
|2018||Dream Angels Fantasy Bra||Elsa Hosk||$1,000,000|||
Since 2003, similar to the Fantasy Bra, one or more models are chosen to wear the "Swarovski Outfit" and the "Swarovski Wings" every year. The first Swarovski items that were shown on the runway were given to Alessandra Ambrosio. Victoria's Secret had worked with Swarovski for 9 years prior to the Swarovski items worn on the runway in 2011.
Alessandra Ambrosio’s Swarovski outfit, worn in 2011, included a 60-pound wing which was made out of 105,000 Swarovski crystals. The base of her wing was made out of 23-carat gold. Cameron Russell was given the "10th Anniversary" Swarovski outfit, worn in 2012, celebrating Victoria's Secret's 10th year working with Swarovski.
The 2013 Swarovski outfit was a 3D printed piece given to Lindsay Ellingson, which included mini-micro Swarovski crystals. In 2017, Elsa Hosk was chosen to wear the 15th Anniversary Swarovski outfit, which came out to a total value of $1,000,000.
|Year||Model||Runway Shows||Segment Worn||Notes|
|2011||Alessandra Ambrosio||2000-2017||Segment 3: Passion Play||Heaviest Wings (40 pounds)|
|2012||Cameron Russell||2011–2012||Segment 5: Silver Screen Angels||10th Anniversary Swarovski Outfit|
|2013||Lindsay Ellingson||2007–2014||Segment 6: Snow Angels||3D Printed Swarovski Outfit|
|2014||Lily Donaldson||2010–2016||Segment 5: Fairy Tale||"The Swarovski Look"|
|2015||Martha Hunt||2013–present||Segment 6: Fireworks||Includes Swarovski, Light Up Wings|
|2016||Josephine Skriver||2013–present||Segment 6: Bright Night Angel||Silver Fringe Swarovski Outfit|
|2017||Elsa Hosk||2011–present||Segment 5: Nomadic Adventure||$1,000,000 Swarovski Outfit and Wing|
|2018||Romee Strijd||2014-present||Segment 7: Celestial Angel||Shooting Star Swarovski Outfit and Wing|
Show Opening & Closing modelsEdit
|Opening count||Closing count||Angel status||Runway shows||Notes|
|1995||Ingrid Seynhaeve||1||1995 • 1997 • 2000||Non-Angel Opening |
|1996||Naomi Campbell||1||1996–1998 • 2002–2003 • 2005||Non-Angel Opening|
|1997||Claudia Schiffer||1||1997||Non-Angel Opening |
|Naomi Campbell||1||1||1996–1998 • 2002–2003 • 2005||Non-Angel Closing|
|Naomi Campbell||1||2||1996–1998 • 2002–2003 • 2005||Non-Angel Closing|
|1999||Carmen Kass||1||1999–2000 • 2002–2003 • 2008||Non-Angel Opening & Closing |
|2000||Gisele Bündchen||1||2000–2007||1999–2003 • 2005-2006|
|2001||Karolína Kurková||1||2002–2009||2000–2003 • 2005-2008 • 2010||Non-Angel Opening|
|Adriana Lima||1||2000–2018||1999–2003 • 2005–2008 • 2010–2018|
|2002||Gisele Bündchen||2||2000–2007||1999–2003 • 2005-2006|
|Adriana Lima||2||2000–2018||1999–2003 • 2005–2008 • 2010–2018|
|2003||Adriana Lima||1||2||2000–2018||1999–2003 • 2005–2008 • 2010–2018|
|Heidi Klum||1||1999–2010||1997–2003 • 2005 • 2007–2009|
|2005||Gisele Bündchen||3||2000–2007||1999–2003 • 2005-2006||Wearing "Sexy Splendor Fantasy Bra" ($12,500,000)|
|Tyra Banks||1||1997–2005||1996–2003 • 2005||Last Walk|
|2006||Gisele Bündchen||4||2000–2007||1999–2003 • 2005-2006|
|Ana Beatriz Barros||1||2002–2003 • 2005–2006 • 2008–2009||Non-Angel Closing|
|2007||Adriana Lima||2||2||2000–2018||1999–2003 • 2005–2008 • 2010–2018|
|Heidi Klum||2||1999–2010||1997–2003 • 2005 • 2007–2009|
|2008||Adriana Lima||3||2||2000–2018||1999–2003 • 2005–2008 • 2010-2018|
|Heidi Klum||3||1999–2010||1997–2003 • 2005 • 2007–2009||Tied with Adriana Lima for most shows closed, with 3.|
|2009||Alessandra Ambrosio||1||2004–2017||2000–2003 • 2005–2017|
|Doutzen Kroes||1||2008–2014||2005–2006 • 2008–2009 • 2011–2014|
|2010||Adriana Lima||4||2||2000–2018||1999–2003 • 2005–2008 • 2010–2018|
|2011||Candice Swanepoel||1||2010–present||2007–2015 • 2017–present|
|Karlie Kloss||1||2013–2015||2011–2014 • 2017||Non-Angel Closing|
|2012||Adriana Lima||5||2||2000–2018||1999–2003 • 2005-2008 • 2010–2018||Currently holds the record for most shows opened, with 5.|
|Toni Garrn||1||2011–2013 • 2018||Non-Angel Closing|
|2013||Candice Swanepoel||2||2010–present||2007–2015 • 2017–present||Wearing "Royal Fantasy Bra" ($10,000,000)|
|Magdalena Frackowiak||1||2010 • 2012–2015||Non-Angel Closing|
|2014||Behati Prinsloo||1||2009–present||2007–2015 • 2018-present|
|Candice Swanepoel||2||1||2010–present||2007–2015 • 2017–present|
|2015||Behati Prinsloo||2||2009–present||2007–2015 • 2018-present|
|Martha Hunt||1||2015–present||2013–present||Wearing Swarovski Outfit|
|Lily Aldridge||1||2010–present||2009–2017 • 2019-present|
|2017||Candice Swanepoel||3||1||2010–present||2007–2015 • 2017–present|
|Alessandra Ambrosio||1||1||2004-2017||2000–2003 • 2005–2017|
|Adriana Lima||5||3||2000-2018||1999-2003 • 2005-2008 • 2010-2018||Tied with Heidi Klum for most shows closed, with 3.|
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