This is How the Wings at the VS Fashion Show are Made

By: Valeria Ramos

Every year, we turn our TVs on in late December to watch some of our favorite models strut down an enormous runway in lingerie and wings. The Victoria's Secret Fashion show aired last night, featuring great musical performances, some hits and misses in terms of the collections, and even a fallen angel. Despite all this, we can't deny the stunning artistry that goes into the making of the wings. Arguably the most important part of the show, the wings are a symbol of success VS models strive to achieve. This years wings were no disappointment, as giant gold feathers transformed everyday models into goddesses on the runway.


California-based artist Kirk Maxson is the man responsible for some of the amazing gold wings at last night's show. Using "hand cut and tooled feathers made of brass," he was able to create the perfect finishing touch to the already stunning runway looks. 

One of Maxson's most impressive wings were those worn by Spanish model Blanca Padilla. In an Instagram post, Padilla shared her reaction to seeing Maxson's wings for the first time."If you ask me what my dream outfit would look like, I can assure you it'd look a lot like this. I don't know how to describe the feeling of being given these wings. I could not believe it when I saw them coming during the fitting and I started tearing up, we all did," she wrote. 

Blanca Padilla trying on her wings during the VS fitting. 

Not only was Maxson responsible for several pairs of wings on the runway, he also contributed his talents to creating glamorous gold wreath headpieces to compliment the models' wings. 
Several of the models who wore Maxson's pieces took to social media to share their appreciation and excitement for their costumes. 

Taylor Hill and Sanne Vloet in Maxson's gold crowns.

Before discovering Maxson's work on social media, I had never really given much thought to how much work is put into each look for the VS Fashion Show. The truth is, an enormous amount of creativity and talent go into making each pair of wings, not to mention the entire production itself. Perhaps that is what makes the VS show so fascinating to people all over the world. Not only is it about beautiful models with great bodies, it's also about creating a spectacle, which can only be done through art.  

Maxson creating wings for Sanne Vloet and Blanca Padilla.

After each VS show comes to an end, designers, artists and creatives of all kinds go back to the drawing board in search of new inspirations for the next show to come. Having had a glimpse behind the scenes of the making of the wings through Maxson's social media posts, I look forward to another year where art and fashion overlap on the runway, creating looks fit for angels. 

Jourdana Philips and Sanne Vloet