They can be large up to 2 meters and weigh more than 9 kg. Making wings for angels parading at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is a tough job and somebody has to do it. Here, summarized in 8 points, what happens in the show behind the scenes.
Wear a pair of wings for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show means: you are an angel and you’re part of a group of carefully selected models. The Victoria’s Secret Angels are paid very well, are among the most famous models in the world and, in addition, as a convenience than many others, they are even able to wear the wings.
Courtney Wells, a motion graphic designer A2zdirectory, which in the past has dealt with wearable tech ( “wearable technology”) and helped build some of the wings for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, told how you make it really special ones structures.
1. IT TAKES A SMALL TOWN TO THE WINGS
The pieces are made sometimes by Victoria’s Secret designers, other times I am entrusted to companies such as that of the former employer to Courtney Wells, who also makes space suits for NASA. Victoria’s Secret prefer her to do outside when the wings they need to have crazy features, such as lights or a particular twist.
2. THE WINGS ARE LIGHT, GIVEN THE STRUCTURE
They are large elaborate creations almost 2 meters and weight of 9 kg (or so). The workouts that make the angels, twice a day, also include a reinforcement of force precisely because they have to wear the wings.
3. THE WINGS SHOULD NOT IMPEDE THE MODEL AS IT PARADES
The models, while parading, rippling and if the wings are not well insured may break at fragile sites. During assembly of the parts (usually the prototype of the wings, not what you really wearing), the designers try to figure out how to best protect them in order to avoid any problems.
4. MAKE THE WINGS IS NOT A COOL THEIR WORK
Final Frontier Design, where he worked Courtney Wells, is in a warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. Most of the operations provided for mounting of the wing provides for: hammering, drilling and things like that.
5. THE WINGS OFTEN BREAK DURING REHEARSALS AND THE SHOW
Behind the scenes, in confined spaces, and with lots of people working, the wings tend to slam constantly. This means: lights on broken wings, straps to secure the wings to the body dropped, and more. When Courtney Wells worked the wings with orchids Alessandra Ambrosio, until the last minute took care to attach the flowers.
6. EMPLOYEES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WATCH THE MODELS
Most people who work for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show are men who have to carry heavy equipment around and asks them not to watch the models. “The models are like the goddesses in this world. It’s a strange world.” Word of Courtney Wells.
7. THE MODELS ARE ACTUALLY THE CALMEST OF ALL THOSE WHO WORK
When the wings are breaking and there’s chaos behind the scenes, the models are always ready to lift the mood. “You would think that they are perfect and elitist and just, but they are the only ones to say that everything will be fine,” says Courtney Wells.
8. THE MATERIALS ARE RE-USED THE FOLLOWING YEAR
The wings at the end of the show will be quite battered, but all that remains of them is kept and used for future shows.