It’s been nine years since Victoria’s Secret and Swarovski first collaborated to create fabulously gleaming lingerie and last week’s show had them collaborating again, this time to the tune of over 2 million Swarovski Elements. Embellishing 6 key looks, which included the iconic Angel wings, exquisite custom made lingerie, designer couture pieces, shoes and even stockings, the 2011 angels were dolled up like never before.
Reinhard Mackinger, executive vice president for Swarovski North America was inspired by the collaboration. “Both brands stand for creativity, inspiration, and complement each other in the creation of new products as well as lend an aspirational appeal to the customer. We are thrilled to continue expanding our collaboration to reach not only the Fashion Show viewer but the consumer as well.”
Angel Bregje Heinen (shown) wore a matador inspired piece, created by designer Jenny Manik Mercian, as a part of the Passion theme, which also included stunning Passion Play Fan Wings (also from Manik Mercian) which took over 5 months to complete with approximately 105,000 Swarovski Elements and weighing approximately 22 pounds.
The 23 carat gold-plated antique copper Passion Play Fan Wings were inspired by a jewel box of luxurious, opulent gem tones making each wing distinctive and dramatic on its own. Stunning combinations of poppy oranges and reds mixed with fuchsias, vibrant turquoise, royal blue and chartreuse are contrasted with shocking yellows and dazzling hues of metallic gold. Romance, desire and sensuality are captured in the luxurious detail of lace, brocades, embroidery and beading reminiscent of Haute Couture.
“As a Designer, I stand behind the motto that the pieces you make are only as good as the materials they’re made with,” said Todd Thomas, designer for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. “Therefore, the collaboration with Swarovski and the use of their luxurious SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and innovative product make for some of the strongest and most dramatic pieces I’ve ever had the pleasure of creating in my years working on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. It's a collaboration made in heaven, fit for an angel.”
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will air on Tuesday, November 29 at 10/9C on the CBS television network, featuring musical performances, pink carpet interviews, supermodel profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world's most celebrated fashion show.
For behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the costumes be sure to watch the below video…fabulous!