Interview With an Angel (Angel Dust Courtesy of Swarovski)


(Courtesy of Victoria's Secret)
The 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which airs tonight at 10 p.m. EST on CBS, features a Swarovski encrusted 3D print corset on VS angel Lindsay Ellingson. The fine crystal company, which has embellished costumes for Victoria's Secret's annual runway show since 2002, collaborated with Shapeways on the corset's revolutionary design. Though made specifically to fit Lindsay's curves, the corset was also modeled in a private Swarovski showing by fellow angel Barbara Fialho, a Brazilian model with similar body dimensions. Scroll down to see what Barbara had to say about her experiences on the runway and behind-the-scenes of tonight's anticipated show.


(Victoria's Secret; Getty Images)Is the corset difficult to move in?
No, not at all. I wouldn’t go jogging in it, but it’s surprisingly flexible and feels very light.

How far in advance do you start training?
For me, it’s a little different. I work with Victoria’s Secret as their fit model for all of the looks that are in the show, so I have to be ready in April. Workout wise, it’s quite intense; I got a trainer and [started exercising] twice a day. It became a strong part of my life to be always working out and eating healthy. Prior to the show, I just did a little extra.

How would you describe the day of the show?
It’s a whole day of running around. We did two shows, one at 4 p.m. and one at 8 p.m.—they always start a little late. We get there at 9 a.m., so it is a very intense day, but it’s so much fun. After the second show, we all look at each other like, "Can we do it again?: And then after we have the pink carpet and the after party, so it’s never-ending. It’s my favorite job of the year, for sure. 

How is this show going to be different than last year's?
Last year there were five segments; this year we have six. So that adds a whole new dimension to the show: another opportunity for more designs, to get inspired by a different theme, and also opened up the show for more girls. In the history of the show, only 150 women have been a part of it. This year there were 40 girls, which is more than I think they've ever had on the catwalk. Not all of us were new, of course, but it was interesting to see new girls come in. I [also] think it was a bigger catwalk. It always grows better. I have a feeling that they always try to outdo [the previous year]. It was beautiful, and I was more relaxed. I definitely had more fun this year than last year.


(Getty Images)How many costume changes did you have? Was it stressful?
Two. No, I wanted another one. I was campaigning for three when we were doing fittings. I really loved one of the sections called "Shipwrecked." [However] I was already in the opening “British Invasion” segment and “Parisian Nights,” [in which I had large] wings, so they didn’t want to give me too many. But two is great, and it’s not stressful at all. They have such great production backstage; each girl has her own dresser, so you’re not alone in the process. But the stress is just the anticipation of the show and its outcome. I think we’re all anxious; you want to get out there, and you want to know what people thought, and you want to see the pictures. Everyone that is there has worked so hard through the year to be there, all of the girls, and it’s such an honor. Right?

What was your favorite part of the whole day?
For me, I had two very, very, very special people watching the second show, so my favorite part was when I was coming back from the finale, I saw them and their faces—they were so happy and had this sense of pride for me. I was emotional, and I saw that they were too. So that was my favorite part, for sure. But just being there, I was really present. I tried not to go anywhere else in my mind, to just take the moment in. It was great.

Thanks, Barbara. If you want to know more about the 3D print technology used in the special corset, here's the scoop: Architect Bradley Rothenberg helped Shapeways bring the vision of a snowflake to life by focusing on its geometric pattern and filigree. After numerous computer-assisted design (CAD) sketches and prototypes, Swarovski adorned the material with their micro-crystals. Since the revolutionary costume was lacking in fabric, they adorned by simply covering with glue and sprinkling over like glitter. To add to its decadence, the appealing pale blue color (titled AB for aurora borealis, for those of you interested in semantics) they selected was developed in 1956 with Christian Dior. Starry-eyed Swarovski fans eager to take home a piece of the show can shop the Victoria's Secret Designer Collection, available in stores and online, which includes adorned undergarments.
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