Watch: Behind the glamour of Victoria's Secret's fashion shows

Pre-show grit

Text: Andrea Sim

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From castings, fan meetings to building a show stage from the ground up, here's what goes into putting together the lingerie label's yearly extravaganza

Editors who have had the privilege to peek backstage at fashion shows will tell you it takes a village to organise a 20-minute presentation. Before the pre-show madness even begins, months of planning goes into conceptualising and actualising its set, sound, lights, hair, makeup, models, and of course, the clothes, in synergy — all for a whistle-stop unveiling of a new collection. Throw in elements of live performances and an arsenal of elaborate accessories (read: Those magnificent wings) and it's a forgone conclusion that Victoria's Secret's annual blowout is on a whole other level.

Ahead of their 2017 fashion show in Shanghai, the lingerie brand reveals the groundwork behind all that glitz and glamour; Road to the Runway a series documenting the castings, fan meetings, and process of building the show stage from the perspectives of its crew and models. Catch the first episode above. 

Watch Road to the Runway episode 2 here. Stay tuned for more.