Victoria's Secret says it will bring back its runway show. Take a look at how the fashion event changed over the years.

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The 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
  • Victoria's Secret CEO Martin Waters said the company's annual fashion show will be back.

  • The brand canceled its runway show in 2019. A date for the new fashion event hasn't been announced yet.

  • Waters said the fashion show will return in "a way that's culturally relevant in the coming years."

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The first Victoria's Secret Fashion Show took place in 1995 at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

The first Victoria's Secret fashion show was held in 1995 in New York.
1995 was the first year Victoria's Secret fashion show was held. Ron Galella/Getty Images

The models wore slinky slips and shiny bras.

By 1996, the fashion show had better lighting but was still focused on lingerie.

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Things have changed. Mark Cardwell/REUTERS

Baby dolls were extremely popular.

The show had started to become a bigger deal by 1998.

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These outfits had a lot of matching elements. REUTERS

In addition to costumes, wings made their first appearance on the runway this year.

By 1999, the wings had become the show's focal point.

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One model appears to be flying. REUTERS

The show had an ethereal feel.

The underwear was no longer the main focus.

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This outfit resembles a fairy costume. AP

It was just one element of the costumes.

And models like Tyra Banks started to own the runway.

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Tyra Banks. AP

Banks walked the runway in silver lingerie with a billowing cape behind her.

In 2000, the show was held at the Cannes Film Festival as a part of the Cinema Against AIDS 2000 gala. It raised $3.5 million.

'Victoria's Secret' as part of the Cinema Against AIDS 2000 gala event to benefit amfAR
These wings may have been over-the-top, but overall her look was subdued. REUTERS

Source: The Dallas Morning News

In 2001, the show moved to Bryant Park in New York City.

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Molly Sims. AP

Model Molly Sims walked the runway with much larger angel wings — the trend had become iconic.

In 2002, the show moved to New York's Lexington Avenue Armory. Gisele Bündchen was followed down the runway by protestors from PETA for wearing fur. She seemed unperturbed.

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This was a memorable moment. AP

It was an iconic moment in the show's history.

During these early years, the brand began to recognize a core group of models, including Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, and Gisele Bündchen. Here they are in 2003.

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These women are legendary supermodels. AP

All were Victoria's Secret Angels.

After a hiatus in 2004, the 2005 show debuted the biggest wings yet.

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Heidi Klum and Seal. AP

Musician Seal serenaded the models, including then-wife Heidi Klum.

The costumes were also becoming more elaborate than ever before.

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This costume was a lot. AP

Models have since walked the Victoria's Secret runway wearing even wilder ensembles.

The 2005 Angels posed as a group, too. This was the final show for Tyra Banks who left to launch her television career.

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Tyra Banks went on to do some pretty big stuff. AP

Source: Associated Press

The following year, Victoria's Secret's playful sub-brand Pink made its runway debut at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.

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Pink is a mainstay in the show nowadays. AP

Source: Fashionista

And the 2006 show couldn't pass by without even larger wings. This show was Gisele Bündchen's final walk with Victoria's Secret.

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Gisele Bündchen. AP

Source: New York Daily News

Heidi Klum walked down the runway looking like a huge snowflake in 2007.

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Heidi Klum's look really stood out. AP

Many of the wings models wear don't look much like wings at all.

The 2008 show was at Fontainebleu Miami Beach in Florida.

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This cape has a dark and elegant design. AP

The outfits were even more dramatic and vampy.

Heidi Klum carried this giant bow down the runway in 2008.

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This bow is truly a look. AP

Pink bows are a recognizable part of the Victoria's Secret brand.

In 2009, the show was back at the Lexington Avenue Armory.

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The Pink brand has a unique personality. AP

The Pink models showed off their own brightly colored wings.

But they couldn't beat 2010's Victoria's Secret Angel wings.

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These wings are seriously huge. AP

The looks models wore at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show became bigger and bolder over the years.

In fact, all the props were bigger in 2010.

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A model walked the runway with a large weight. AP

In reality, the models had to do a lot of training before the show.

The 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show was huge.

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The 2011 show was memorable. AP

Kanye West performed, there was a superhero theme, and the runway was filled with sparkles.

But 2012 surpassed 2011 with an even bigger stage and setup.

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Rihanna danced with one of the models. AP

Even Rihanna made an appearance.

There was also a new order of supermodels in 2012, including Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Candice Swanepoel, among others.

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A new generation of Angels. AP

Angels had a special contract with Victoria's Secret, which meant they had obligations to the brand that a runway model may not have had.

The shows became more elaborate over the years.

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The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show costumes are iconic. AP

2013 was all about feathers.

Taylor Swift also performed in the 2013 show.

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Swift wore a British-inspired outfit. AP

Swift performed alongside her model friend Karlie Kloss.

2014 had stage designs that effortlessly changed throughout the show.

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This set was intricate. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

The background to the runway became more creative over the years.

In this 2014 shot, it doesn't even look like the same stage.

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A totally glam backdrop. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

The gold background matched the theme of the show's segment.

2014 also had the first dual fantasy bras. Lima and Ambrosio's bras were valued at $2 million each.

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Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

The fantasy bra concept dates back to 1996, but this was the first year two models got to wear them.

In 2015, the show featured new fashion "it" girls like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner.

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Kendall Jenner. AP

Gigi Hadid's sister Bella also walked the runway.

In 2015, model Maria Borges wore her hair natural and close-cropped, which was a critically lauded move.

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Maria Borges. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Source: Essence

In 2016, there was more natural hair than ever before on the runway, according to the Victoria's Secret show's hairstylist.

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Jourdana Phillips. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Source: Refinery 29

The show was held in Paris, France.

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The 2016 PINK models. Dominique Charriau/Getty Images

Of the 51 women walking in the show, 18 of them were newbies.

In 2017, 56 models walked in the runway show, which was held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China.

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The cast was lauded as racially diverse. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Of the group, 13 were official Angels and 14 were newcomers.

However, the show was plagued with problems before it even began. Then, during the show, model Ming Xi fell on the runway.

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She recovered gracefully. Aly Song/Reuters

Read more about Xi's fall and the drama surrounding the show.

All drama aside, there were some stunning looks.

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Angels Martha Hunt and Stella Maxwell. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The brand collaborated with Balmain, which added an edgy vibe to the show.

There weren't a whole lot of wings on the runway, though. Instead, many of the brand's top models sported flowing, Grecian sleeves.

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You can see all the looks here.

In some ways, the show marked the end of an era. Just before walking, longtime Angel Alessandra Ambrosio announced that it would be her last show.

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The Victoria's Secret Angels posed together on the runway. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

All things considered, the show went well.

The 2018 show was held in New York City after two years abroad.

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The 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Of the 60 models who walked in the show, 18 were newcomers.

The same year, newcomer Kelsey Merritt made history as the first Filipino woman to walk in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Kelsey Merritt walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Kelsey Merritt walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

The 22-year-old model shared an Instagram video of her emotional reaction to being cast in the show.

Winnie Harlow also made her debut in the 2018 fashion show.

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Winnie Harlow walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Before walking in the show, the 24-year-old Canadian model told Vogue she wanted to promote body positivity on the runway.

"Representation is so important, and I want to [stand for] all women," she told Vogue. "Every single woman."

The brand partnered with designer Mary Katrantzou, who created edgy floral ensembles - like this one, which included a parachute for wings, worn by Gigi Hadid.

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Gigi Hadid walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Hadid returned to the fashion show this year after missing it in 2017.

See all the looks from the 2018 fashion show here.

Like Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner returned to the runway after missing the 2017 show.

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Kendall Jenner skipped the show last year. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Naturally, Kris Jenner was sitting front row in the audience and even recorded her daughter walking down the runway on her phone.

The 2018 show was Angel Adriana Lima's last.

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Adriana Lima said an emotional goodbye to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Thomas Concordia/Getty Images

The veteran Victoria's Secret model and longest-running Angel walked in her 20th and final show in 2018. The brand honored her by playing a "Thank You Adriana" video that compiled moments from her modeling career before she walked down the runway and bid a tearful goodbye to the show.

The 2019 fashion show was canceled due to a decline in viewership.

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The 2018 fashion show was the last. Photo by J. Lee/FilmMagic

The Victoria's Secret fashion show was canceled after being held annually for decades. In 2019, Leslie Wexner, the former CEO of the brand's parent company, L Brands, confirmed in an email sent to employees that the runway show wouldn't be broadcast on network TV, according to Harper's Bazaar.

Viewership of the show dropped after Ed Razek, the former chief marketing officer of L Brands, said in a 2018 interview with Vogue that he didn't believe the annual fashion show should feature "transsexuals" because "the show is a fantasy."

Razek issued a formal apology, but less than a year later, Victoria's Secret announced it was not moving forward with its annual event.

Victoria's Secret announced in 2021 that it will bring back its annual fashion show without the Angels.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Megan Rapinoe were announced as the new faces of Victoria's Secret in 2021.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Megan Rapinoe were announced as the new faces of Victoria's Secret in 2021. Andreas Rentz/Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Victoria's Secret CEO Martin Water told investors that the company was going to "get back into the fashion show business," according to CNBC. However, a date has yet to be announced for the runway show.

"We're not in a hurry to announce when that will be or how that will be ... but we will redefine it in a way that's culturally relevant in the coming years," he said.

In June, Victoria's Secret announced it was done using its Angels, and is partnering with a group of inspirational women, including Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Megan Rapinoe, who will be the new faces and voices of the brand.

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