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What The Original Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows Looked Like

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The Victoria's Secret fashion shows of today are known for their elaborate costumes (those heavy wings!), million-dollar bras, and elaborate sets but the runway shows of the past were quite different.

The first Victoria's Secret fashion show was held in August 1995 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City and wasn't aired on TV. The show was introduced by supermodel du jour Stephanie Seymour and featured models such as Beverly Peele and Frederique van der Wal who modelled underwear that look pretty out of date by today's standards.

So before we celebrate the return of the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show, which airs on Dec. 9 this year, we take a look back at what models wore during the original shows (hello high-waisted panties and furry skirts).

  • 1995
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    But what a lovely purse!
  • 1995
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    Those boots, though.
  • 1995
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    Satin shorts were a thing.
  • 1995
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    Again with the purse!
  • 1995
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    Actually, we would probably wear this today.
  • 1995
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    High-waisted lingerie was at peak trend.
  • 1995
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    Preppy lingerie.
  • 1995
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    This set is kinda cute.
  • 1995
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    Not even a supermodel can make getting undressed look sexy.
  • 1996
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    And it was all yellow...
  • 1996
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    The ultimate baby doll dress.
  • 1996
    Rose Hartman via Getty Images
    Tyra Banks, working it in a drop-waist bustier. ('Cause that was a thing.)
  • 1996
    Evan Agostini via Getty Images
    Tank tops never go out of style.
  • 1996
    Evan Agostini via Getty Images
    DRAMA.
  • 1996
    Evan Agostini via Getty Images
    We don't want to know what designers were thinking when they created those panties.
  • 1996
    Evan Agostini via Getty Images
    Naomi in a cape and floral bustier? Hell. Yes.
  • 1996
    Evan Agostini via Getty Images
    Did men actually like baby doll dresses? Do they now?
  • 1996
    Evan Agostini via Getty Images
    Vertical stripes: a bold choice.
  • 1997
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    Now those are some sheer panties.
  • 1997
    Ron Galella, Ltd. via Getty Images
    Helena Christensen, trying to take her outfit seriously.
  • 1997
    Ron Galella, Ltd. via Getty Images
    We can't say no to a floral silk robe.
  • 1997
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    Plaid? Ok then.
  • 1997
    KMazur via Getty Images
    How is this even comfortable?? Naomi, please tell us.
  • 1997
    KMazur via Getty Images
    Before Regina George came along.
  • 1997
    KMazur via Getty Images
    Sporty chic. We dig it.
  • 1997
    KMazur via Getty Images
    An interesting way to use leopard print.
  • 1997
    TIMOTHY A. CLARY via Getty Images
    Well, that's one way to celebrate Valentine's Day.
  • 1997
    TIMOTHY A. CLARY via Getty Images
    Giving new meaning to "Femme Fatale."
  • 1998
    New York Daily News Archive via Getty Images
    Give us a fur skirt and we'll be yours forever.
  • 1999
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    One of the first time the famous wings showed up on the runway.

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