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Friday, November 20, 2009

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show: A First Look

PhotoBook by Kelly Stuart

Last Friday we took a sneak peek at some of the artfully constructed angel wings that will float down the runway in tomorrow's Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (airing Tuesday, December 1, on CBS), and captured exclusive images of beauties Doutzen Kroes and Miranda Kerr trying them on for size. This year’s fantastical affair bears a “romantic travel” theme and features categories such as Enchanted Forest, All Aboard, and Star Trooper. —Erin Clements


“We came up with the idea of this girl who lands from outer space in Paris,” explained show stylist Charlotte Stockdale. “She gets on a train that comes to a halt in Pinkland, where pink girls get on and off. Then they go into this fairy-tale forest and little lady bugs and butterflies land on them and vines grow up on their clothes. Then, there’s Tick-Tock Time; the wings in this section are based on clocks—there’s one modeled after a pocket watch with metallic feathers. And she ends up in this regal realm of princess-ness, where the wings have Swarovski jewels and peacock feathers.”


All photos: Kelly Stuart


“The wings are very more conceptually driven than in years past—and sublimely executed,” observed costume designer Todd Thomas. “Look closely at the details this year. They’re really remarkable.” Designer Marian “Killer” Hose crafted this piece (seen here on Doutzen Kroes), inspired by “travel, film, and glamour,” using leather, vinyl, organza ribbon, velvet, and rhinestones.

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“We found out, with the model search, just how many girls want to do this, and I feel so blessed,” said Kroes. To feel that energy and be in the center of all the attention is pretty amazing. It’s also very nerve-wracking.”


“Every year we come across new artists or jewelry makers or textile painters or artisans. It’s just such a luxurious job to be able to collaborate with so many people. And it’s exciting to be back in New York for the show this year,” said Thomas.



“It’s such a fun, theatrical show,” said Miranda Kerr. “It’s a great chance for us girls to get together. The energy is incredible, and the audience really gets involved.”



“We’ve reduced the number of sections,” said Stockdale. “It used to be six, sometimes seven, and this year we’ve done five. In doing that, we’ve made the sections much longer. They’re all 12 outfits now, which allows us to tell a greater story within the sections. They’ve become more powerful.

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“The biggest challenge is not being repetitive,” says Stockdale. “You’re telling a story in a sentence. And the other challenge is marrying what looks good in real life with what looks good on camera, since they are opposite sides of the spectrum. Bold works very well. Delicate can work too, but it has to be done in a certain way or it doesn’t work on television.”

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Photos: Kelly Stuart