The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is an annual fashion 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. The show features some of the world’s leading fashion models such as current Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge,Lindsay Ellingson, Elsa Hosk and Karlie Kloss. This will be its 21st show scheduled for November.
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 ($2.1 million today) 30-second television advertisement during the Super Bowl broadcast and spent an additional $4 million ($5.7 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 Pestova, 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, Karolina Kurkova, 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 theFontainebleau 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 Worldperformed “Say Something”, UK’s Neon Jungle made their US television debut with “Trouble”, and Fall Out Boy performed “The Phoenix”, and later performed again with Taylor Swift in “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark”.
In 2014, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show featured performances by Taylor Swift; for the second year in a row, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and Hozier. Taylor Swift preformed “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 rehearsal, Ariana Grande was performing and was hit by accident with an Angels wings.