Thursday, December 3, 2009

I watched the ‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’ for the music … all right, and the pretty ladies

I watched the 2009 “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” the other night and thought it was great. Believe it or not, I was interested in more than seeing beautiful women parade around in skimpy lingerie. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
As I wrote last year, I love the spectacle of the show – the music, the staging, the art direction. This year’s show was one of the best in recent memory because of the music, which included live performances by the Black Eyed Peas and club mixes of Kings of Leon and the Police, among others.
Great music and gorgeous ladies striding confidently on stage in fantasy clothes are a killer combination. I’m a sucker for those angel wings.
The 2009 show wasn’t perfect though. The first set of outfits, which were space-age themed, were ugly. Some of the models looked anorexic. I also could have done without the competition for the next Victoria’s Secret angel.
All I want to see is the show itself, with some backstage action for good measure.
Victoria’s Secret, a subsidiary of Limited Brands, started its annual fashion show in 1995. The show was broadcast to the public starting in 1999 with streaming video on the Internet. It was an Internet event for two years. Then it made the leap to network television in 2001.
I’d love to see a DVD featuring the best of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows.
For a good history of the show, check out the Wikipedia pages on Victoria’s Secret and the Victoria’s Secret models, as well as this retrospective.
You can still watch the 2009 show online at and at the Victoria’s Secret website.

Photo: Marissa Miller at the 2009 “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” in New York City.

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