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Me­tal sculp­tor Kirk Max­son gives the Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret An­gels their wings.

Kirk Max­son is lit­er­ally a wing­man. Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret hired the San Fran­cisco-based artist to cre­ate or­nate brass wings and crowns for its re­cent show in Shang­hai af­ter view­ing his In­sta­gram ac­count. “On my feed, there are lots of self­ies of me wear­ing crowns that I cre­ated out of brass of oak, lau­rel and olive [leaves and branches],” ex­plains Max­son. “In­sta­gram seems like it’s not real, and then this thing that I’ve spent so much time on is all of a sud­den yield­ing re­sults!” Max­son, who has been work­ing with me­tal for 30 years, has been fas­ci­nated with an­cient Greek myths and art since he was a young boy grow­ing up in Mal­ibu. As a kid, he would visit The J. Paul Getty Mu­seum to ex­plore its Greek col­lec­tion. Later, he went on to study art and me­tal works at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Santa Bar­bara. For the Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret show, he cre­ated five sets of wings and 12 crowns for the God­desses-themed col­lec­tion. The wings for Mis­sis­sippi na­tive Vanessa Moody fea­tured 180 oak leaves, while Dutch model Sanne Vloet wore wings that had 15 me­tal doves and 2,320 olive leaves on them. The heav­i­est wings, worn by Blanca Padilla, weighed 10 pounds and fea­tured over 200 in­di­vid­ual brass-sculpted feath­ers. Af­ter the show, the wings trav­elled to Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret stores around the world. “They bought them, they own them,” says Max­son. “They prob­a­bly don’t want to see pic­tures of all sorts of folks wear­ing them, which would be aw­fully tempt­ing if I had them.”

CLOCK­WISE (FROM TOP LEFT): DUTCH MODEL SANNE VLOET; BRAZIL­IAN MODEL LAIS RIBEIRO WORE THIS YEAR’S $2 MIL­LION CHAM­PAGNE NIGHTS FAN­TASY BRA; MIS­SIS­SIPPI NA­TIVE VANESSA MOODY; ME­TAL SCULP­TOR KIRK MAX­SON (IN­SET)

FOR THE 2017 VIC­TO­RIA’S SE­CRET SHOW IN SHANG­HAI, THERE WERE 55 MOD­ELS FROM 20 DIF­FER­ENT COUN­TRIES PAR­TIC­I­PAT­ING IN THE BIG­GEST CATWALK THE LIN­GERIE COM­PANY HAS PRO­DUCED IN ITS 22-YEAR SHOW HIS­TORY. THERE WERE 88 LOOKS AND 38 SETS OF WINGS, IN­CLUD­ING THE FIVE CRE­ATED BY MAX­SON.

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