Sneak Peek: My Friend Jenny Manik Mercian’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Designs

| 9 November , 2011 | 2 Replies

I have been waiting with bated breath all year to see what my insanely talented friend Jenny Manik Mercian would come up with this year for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Extravaganza, and I’m once again in awe of her incredible talent.  WWD gave us a behind the scenes look at her designs and they are just beyond amazing.

Joining once again with Swarovski Elements (Jen’s 7th Show) Jen created this Matador-inspired costume and the Passion Play Fan Wings for the show (the wings took seven years in the making). Inspired by an opulent jewel box, the Passion Play Fan Wings as well as other Swarovski lingerie and accessories confections designed by Jen!

The costumes feature 2 million Swarovski crystals on Angel wings, custom-made lingerie pieces, stockings, and glistening footwear by Giuseppe Zanotti. A highlight of the show will be a set of 23-karat gold-plated antique copper Passion Play Fan Wings weighing 22 pounds and featuring 105,000 Swarovski crystals.

“It\’s wonderful because I\’ve been given so much creative freedom in the design process from both Swarovski and Victoria\’s Secret. I can go into this ultimate fantasy world,” said Manik Mercian.

The event is costing Victoria’s Secret $12million, takes a year to plan and a small army of designers, seamstresses, embroiderers, prop makers, technicians and musicians, not to mention the models, to bring the whole circus to life. The model stats include; 38 models — including 15 newcomers to the show (Shanina Shaik being one of them) — all of whom will wear 69 costumes and 31 sets of Angel wings.  The Angel line up includes; Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel, Erin Heatherton, Lily Aldridge and Lindsay Ellingson.

Themes for the show will include Ballet, Super Angels, Passion Play, Angels Aquatic, I Put a Spell on You, and Club Pink.


  • Budget for the show in dollars: $12million
  • Original budget, when the show started 11 years ago: $120,000
  • Swarovski Elements used: 2 million
  • Costumes: 69
  • Sets of Angel wings: 31
  • Total models: 38
  • Newcomers to the show: 15
  • Themes for the show: 6 (Ballet, Super Angels, Passion Play, Angels Aquatic, I Put a Spell on You and Club Pink)
  • Value of Miranda Kerr’s Fantasy Treasure bra: $2.5million
  • Total carats of Fantasy Treasure bra diamond centrepiece: 36
  • Weight in pounds of Passion Play Fan Wings: 2
  • Number of Swarovski crystals on Passion Play wings: 105,000
  • Number of years it has taken to create Passion Play wings: 7
  • Days Adriana Lima has prepared with a liquid-only diet: 9
  • Number of world-class musical acts: 4 (Kanye West, Cee Lo Green, Maroon 5 and Nicki Minaj)
  • Number of months ago that perfectly-flat-stomached Miranda Kerr gave birth: 11
  • Number of Victoria’s Secret Angels who have become household names after appearing in the show: Countless

I’ve also given you a sneak peek at Miranda during one of her fittings!

The show is being taped tomorrow night (November 9th) at the 69th Street Armory in New York. We’ll keep you posted with images from the show as they come out and please go and visit my friend Jenny’s facebook page and show your Aussie support for her incredible talents.


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