“It’s the heaviest thing I’ve ever worn” said Victoria’s Secret Angel Martha Hunt of the gigantic pair of LED wings and Swarovski crystal-studded corset she wore to close the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York on Tuesday night.
The annual lingerie extravaganza – dubbed ‘the Super Bowl of fashion shows’ - is by now renowned for its outlandish underwear looks, which feature everything from giant orchids and rockets to capes and feathery headpieces.
As one of Victoria’s Secret’s new wave of permanent recruits – better known as Angels - American model Martha Hunt was invited to close the show in a Swarovski bustier specially designed by Parisian couturier Serkan Cura, who also created 20 other looks for the show which (when combined together) featured nearly one million crystals.
Photo: Glen Allsop for Swarovski
Martha’s bustier alone was decorated with 90 000 Swarovski crystal embellishments, weighed a whopping ten kilos and took two people two months to hand-embroider. “I practised walking last night with a weighted vest and heels to simulate how heavy it is” Martha told us backstage before the show, “I’m a little nervous about toppling over but I think it should be OK. You’ve just got to get out there, smile and do it.”
The prospect of walking out in your underwear in front of a global audience of 500 million people might sound terrifying to most of us, but Martha told us she has a good way of handling the nerves. “I meditate” she said, “it helps me stay calm, though the butterflies still arrive just before I walk out.”
Martha and 46 other Angels, including Kendall Jenner, Stella Maxwell and Gigi Hadid, walked in the 20th Victoria’s Secret runway show on Tuesday night at The Armory in Manhattan. They were serenaded with performances by Ellie Goulding, The Weeknd and Selena Gomez. This year’s show marked Victoria’s Secret’s return to Manhattan after a London visit last year to celebrate the brand’s Bond Street store opening.
The rumoured cost in sterling of a single Victoria’s Secret show
The number of countries around the world where the Victoria’s Secret show is watched
The number of Angels walking in the show
Cost in sterling of the diamond-encrusted Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra, worn this year by Lily Aldridge
Estimated number of people who watch the show worldwide
Number of years the Victoria’s Secret show has been running
Combined earnings (in sterling) of the 5 highest paid Victoria’s Secret Angels
Number of Victoria’s Secret shows done in a single day each year – the show is run twice, once in the afternoon and once in the evening
Age of Adriana Lima, the longest-running Victoria’s Secret Angel, who has been walking in the show for 14 years