Where do I begin? Well, for a few years now, the dream of having my work in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show seemed to be one of those out of reach goals. Something I fantasized about happening but would have deemed too good to be true.
One day, however, I got an email from someone asking about my Dragonfly wings and needing rush shipping. It turned out it was for VS. I almost thought maybe someone was pulling my leg – too good to be true right?? But no, it was legit, and a few weeks later I sent them off to their offices in New York, anxiously waiting for any word about what they thought of them. I wasn’t sure if I’d know if they would be used for a month or more and even then last minute changes frequently happen. It turned out I’d hear from them sooner than expected and – they loved them. They actually said that. I was on a conference call with chief wardrobe assistants and producers for the show and they were telling me they wanted more. I think I left reality for a minute! It was a really tight deadline, so there was no time for experimentation but I wanted them to be perfect. 2 large and 3 giant sets of wings and it was Halloween season to boot. But this HAD to happen.
I was lucky to have help, and have Jordan Price, Brandy Esparza, and even my mom Colette Enos to thank for being extra sets of hands and keeping my head on straight. My materials vendors all came through for me as well to get everything done by the due date. When the day came to ship the package of giant wings it wouldn’t even fit in my car and Fedex wouldn’t come back for another pickup, so it was her and her Scion to the rescue with JUST enough room for it, with our seats pushed forward as far as they would go and the end of the box resting at the back of our heads while she drove us to the next available Fedex in time for their Express cut-off.
As you can see from the photos, they all made it. None of the wings broke on the way to London, or got lost like I fretted about, and no one changed their mind and threw them out of the lineup. I can finally relax, stop worrying and enjoy the show! Barbara Fialho and Eniko Mihalik both wore giant Kira wings in different color schemes, then Devon Windsor and Jasmine Tookes rocked two different sizes of the black and blue Dragonfly wings, and finally Elsa Holsk wore the Acorn wings in a large size. They all looked amazing from what I can glean from the sneak peaks and I’m stupidly excited to see the show this Tuesday night. The only question is, what happens now? No matter what, I’ll always be proud to know I actually made some Angels into Fancy Fairies on one of the most famous runways on the planet.
Photos used with permission by Gio Staiano for NowFashion.com