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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

by Kenyatta D. Pious
For thirteenth year, Swarovski, the global leader in cut crystal and fashion jewelry, and lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret, came together for the highly anticipated Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Within the Fireworks section of the show, the sparkling finale look was designed by Serkan Cura, the LED-lit lights on the wings were created by Mirian “Killer” Hose and it was worn by Victoria’s Secret Angel, Martha Hunt.

The corset base of the Swarovski look, weighing 22 pounds, took approximately one month to complete, the fringe took approximately two weeks and the embroidery took another month. In his third year designing for the show, Serkan Cura used 90,000 Swarovski crystals in this look.

In addition to Martha Hunt’s spectacular look, 21 total looks in this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show featured Swarovski crystal, and were worn by top models including Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Kendall Jenner, and more.

“We are delighted to partner with Swarovski on the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” notes Monica Mitro, Executive Vice President of Victoria’s Secret Brand Communications and Events. “Their crystals add an extraordinary radiance to our collection that can only be achieved by the Swarovski brand.”

Swarovski Executive Board Member Markus Langes-Swarovski remarks, “It is now thirteen years since our partnership with Victoria’s Secret first began. Each year brings a new opportunity to stretch the bounds of creativity and ingenuity, and give luminous glamour to the looks designed for the Victoria’s Secret Show. This year’s elaborate costumes are the result of meticulous craftsmanship, using crystal embellishment to light up the runway.”

Ice Angels
This season Swarovski brings sparkle to the Ice Angels theme, recalling snowboarders with a touch of icy luxe. Bodysuits, shoes, and looks in this section are embellished with iconic edelweiss crystals; developed to commemorate Swarovski’s 120thanniversary and named after the most precious and rare flower of the Alps.

The Fireworks section of the show provides a sparkling finale for the show and features a custom look created exclusively for Swarovski, adorned with over 90,000 crystal beads, stones and pendants on a meticulously handcrafted 22-pound corset designed by Parisian couturier Serkan Cura. This year will be Cura’s third one crafting looks for the show, of which he worked on 21 looks for; more than in any past season, using just under 1 million Swarovski crystals. Worn by model Martha Hunt in her first year as an Angel, this bespoke corset dazzles with crystal in myriad shades of golds, reds, emeralds, blues and patinas. Intricate red and yellow crystal beads in mini pave and marguerite shapes in vibrant reds and yellow adorn the fringe of the corset alongside brilliant fire opal crystals. The look also features spectacular Angel wings embellished with over 20,000 golden and iridescent crystals and 130 feet of LED lights made by Killer. The battery pack charged wings weigh nineteen pounds with approximately 1,200 lights lining the wing’s silhouette. Red Atelier Swarovski cuffs and delicate cobalt blue heels with emerald Swarovski crystals complete the sparkling finale look.

Credit: Billy Farrell for Swarovski