Busted Fantasy Bra

Is This Real Life Or Is This A Fantasy Bra?

How Victoria's Secret busted this bra.

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If you ask me, Fantasy Bras are meant to be, well, a fantasy, and let me tell you, this just looks like a glitzed up version of their already-existing T-shirt bra with a body chain attached.

It's just been announced that the Victoria Secret Angel, Elsa Hosk will be wearing the notorious lingerie piece this year in the show.

This year's bra fell short of many people's expectations, and the bra budget. This bra, covered in more than 2,100 Swarovski crystals is valued at $1 million. Sound expensive? When talking about Fantasy Bras, this is back-pocket money.

2018's Fantasy Bra is actually the least expensive bra, right alongside the Million Dollar Miracle Bra worn by Claudia Schiffer in its primal year of 1996.

Let's look at the track record for the lingerie you long for:

In 1997, the Diamond Dream Bra was born. Worn by none other than Tyra Banks, the $3 million dollar bra was simplistic with a whopping 42-karat diamond hanging in the center.

1n 1998, the Dream Angel Fantasy Bra was announced and worn by Daniela Pestova. Taking on the (much) more expensive form of simplistic pre-existing bras, the mesh material and floral patterns made of various jewels racked the cost of this bra up to $5 million.

Van Gough would be proud of the 1999 Millennium Bra. Worn by Heidi Klum, this (literally) star-studded bra made up of over 2,000 diamonds and sapphires depicted what looked like a starry night sky. This bra cashed in at $10 million.

The Red Hot Fantasy Bra was worn by the red-hot model, Gisele Bundchen in 2000. The $15 million bra consists of 1,300-karat diamonds and Thai rubies. This bra was so expensive, that it landed a spot in the Guinness World Record Book as the most expensive piece of lingerie ever. Imagine that amount of bucks on your boobs.

In 2001, the Heavenly Star Fantasy Bra was the first ever Fantasy Bra to appear on the famed Victoria's Secret Fashion Show runway. Heidi Klum had the pleasure of taking it for a walk down the runway, carrying $12.5 million on her chest. The bra was made up of 1,200 Sri Lankan pink sapphires and 90-carat diamonds.

The Star of Victoria Fantasy Bra was born in 2002 and worn by Karolina Kurkova. This bra was composed of a 60-carat Mouawad Mondera diamond, surrounded by 1,600 emeralds and 1,150 rubies that created an organic flowery design. This baby will cost you $10 million.

Once again, Heidi Klum walked the runway in yet another Fantasy Bra. This multicolored bra became home to 2,800 jewels as well as the second largest Excelsior diamond in the world – 70-carat large to be exact. This Very Sexy Fantasy Bra is equivalent to $11 million.

Tyra Banks' "hoe, but then make it fashion" quote came in handy when the walked the runway in the Heavenly 70 Fantasy Bra. At the cost of $10 million, the sheer bra was traced in 2,900 diamonds in 18-karat white gold, with a 70-carat diamond in the center.

Speaking of ho's, Gisele Bundchen ho, ho, ho'ed her way down the VS runway in 2005 in a Santa-themed outfit. This outfit's main accessory was the Sexy Splendor Fantasy Bra, composed of 2,900 pave diamonds, 22 rubies, and a whopping 101-carat diamond set in 18-karat white gold.

In 2006, Karolina Kurkova melted hearts in the Hearts on Fire Diamond Fantasy Bra. The blinding sparkles may throw you off, but this bra only cost $6.5 million - as opposed to the normal double-digit million dollar bras we're used to. This bra featured 2,000 diamonds and a 10-carat diamond in the center.

This lingerie set is all I want for the 2007 holidays! The Holiday Fantasy Bra worn by Selita Ebanks was encrusted with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and yellow sapphires equaling $4.5 million. It even came with a matching thong and garter belt.

Probably one of the most famous Angels there is, Adriana Lima finally rocked the Black Diamond Fantasy Miracle Bra in 2008. This $5 million black-on-black bra was made up of 3,575 black diamonds as well as 117 one-carat diamonds and 34 rubies.

Marisa Miller rocked the Harlequin Fantasy Bra in 2009. This 2,300-diamond bra came with a 16-carat heart-shaped diamond, all costing $3 million.

Victoria's Secret dropped a bomb with their Bombshell Fantasy Bra in 2010. This bra was debuted on Adriana Lima, consisting of 3,000 white diamonds, light blue sapphires, and topazes, all set in 18-karat white gold. After 1,500 hours and six Damiani craftspeople, the $2 million bra was complete.

In 2011, Miranda Kerr wore the $2.5 million Fantasy Treasure Bra. This sea-themed bra was made up of more than 3,400 jewels and 142-carats of diamonds, pearls, citrines, and aquamarines.

This flora and fauna combo will have you feeling lost in an enchanted forest. In 2012, after 11 years of being an Angel, Alessandra Ambrosio floated her way down the catwalk in the Floral Fantasy Bra. Consisting of 5,200 amethysts, sapphires, rubies, as well as white, pink, and yellow colored diamonds, this bra cost $2.5 million, topping it off with a 20-carat center diamond.

In 2013, Candice Swanepoel was deemed the fairest of them all, having been chosen to wear the Royal Fantasy bra. The Snow White themed set was topped with 4,200 jewels all set in 18-karat gold. And unlike previous years, the centerpiece diamond was replaced for a 52-carat ruby.

After 18 years of Fantasy Bras, Victoria's Secret must have been seeing double, because 2014 was the year of twins. Giving off serious Gemini vibes, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio came out in the Dream Angels Fantasy Bras. The Pascal Mouawad tops were colored blue (Adriana) and red (Alessandra) adorned with gorgeous, sparkling body chains. Altogether, they took more than $2 million (each), 16,000 sapphires, rubies, and diamonds, as well as over 1,380 hours to make.

After seeing doubles, Victoria's Secret was seeing stars! The 2015 Fireworks Fantasy Bra was debuted by Lily Aldridge. Once again, Pascal Mouawad designed the $2 million bra made up of 6,500 jewels of blue topaz, yellow sapphire, red garnet, and pink quartz.

In 2016, Jasmine Tookes had the honor of wearing the Bright Night Fantasy Bra. This $3 million bra was made of more than 450-carats worth of diamonds and emeralds, all set in 18-karat gold.

Now onto my personal favorite, the 2017 Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra. Laid Ribeiro had the honor of being the fourth black model to walk in and rock out the Fantasy Bra. Designed by Mouawad Jewelry, the 'Arabian Knights' inspired bra was made of 6,000 white diamonds, yellow sapphires, and blue topazes totaling $2 million.

And that straps up all the bras leading up to Elsa Hosk's 2018 bra and body chain.

Be sure to tune into the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 8th!

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Met Gala 2019: This Year's Tricky Theme And Who I Think Nailed It

"Camp: Notes On Fashion"

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The Met Gala has a long-standing tradition of coming up with ornate themes which challenge guests and designers to use their creativity and interpretation in order to come up with an outfit that will impress and stand out to the public and medial eye. The Met Gala 2019 was no different in its elaborate natured theme based around Susan Song's influential 1964 essay titled "Notes on Camp."

The theme "Camp: Notes on Fashion" was not referring to summer camp, but rather to a state of a kind of exaggeration and visual boisterousness. The definition of "camp" in this context, like the theme, is open for interpretation but ultimately tends to come down to a form of visual aesthetic that is unexpected. To put it into the simplest terms that I can think of, it is not the opposite of "basic," but the opposite of a basic attempt to be unconventional. A true non-mainstream production, versus an attempt that turns out to be rather predictable.

Ornate, right? Themes like these are exactly what has challenged creatives and the top names and faces in pop culture since its first event in 1948. These themes are also what have critics and public fashion enthusiasts so excited to watch the event every year.

So with the conclusion of the 2019 Gala, who are critics talking about? Who nailed the theme and who misinterpreted? Of course, there is no set rubric for evaluation, but here are some of the outfits that seem to be standing out.

1. Lady Gaga

Undoubtedly if you have been following the chatter the past few days, you have heard much talk about Lady Gaga and her quadruple outfit change on the carpet - yes you heard that right, she gave not one look but FOUR. Another thing that has critiques impressed with her understanding of the theme is that she did not only show up to the event in her camp outfit, but actually showed up to the airport already in character and wearing it earlier that morning.

2. Ezra Miller

To appreciate someone who tried something very different, I decided to take a look at Ezra Miller. What stood out to me and so many others is that rather than interpreting the theme and choosing to go as big as possible like so many, piling on yards of fabric, electrics, and other materials, Ezra's outfit itself was actually fairly simple. He showed up in a black and white pin-striped suit with a jeweled corset and flowing cape.

The shocking element of his fit was his makeup which displayed an illusion of five extra, very realistic eyes upon his face. Additionally, he carried a skin toned mask which could be used to cover and hide the additional eyes. This fairy-tale like costume seemed to carry a message relating to the conciliation of a peculiar identity. A somewhat common message portrayed in a very powerful, clever and unusual way.

3. Billy Porter

I think it is only fair to mention Billy Porter if we are going to talk most attention-catching Met Gala 2019 performances. With what was undoubtedly one of the most if not THE grandest entrance, he came in atop a golden litter carried by six men dressed accordingly to his theme of choice which was inspired by the Egyptian Sun God, Cleopatra. His outfit of almost pure golden material displayed a brilliant set of wings upon the extension of his arms and a full crown-like headpiece.

Recap

Overall, this year's display at the Gala was one of the most astonishing yet. People seemed to go bigger and bolder than ever before, of course, some of that likely had to do with the theme. For this reason, it is very difficult to pick any "bests" and it is really up to each individual person to decide which outfits spoke to them personally the most. If you didn't watch the event already, I encourage further exploration at the very least to see some of these brilliant works of couture art.

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