Did you know that the Victoria’s Secret fashion show first existed to promote the brand before Valentine’s Day? They weren’t even aired on television, and the 1999 and 2000 shows were webcasted. That’s right, webcasted. Hard to believe that the world’s now most expensive fashion show was once just a way to make sure your V-Day lingerie choices were on point.
Let’s journey back to 1995 when thigh gaps and strange Internet beauty weight challenges weren’t yet a thing.
Back then, lingerie was pretty basic and bedroom ready. Matte skin was definitely in, and hair was effortlessly casual.
Enter babydoll dresses and hot pants. The look was still matte and fairly traditional. No elaborate costumes or wings just yet.
Things are getting a bit more spicy, with Naomi Campbell donning this vampire-esque sheer black coat. The fuzzy red bra and underwear set is a definite nod to Valentine’s Day.
WINGS! Tyra Banks wears this pair of icy blue wings, which is a sign of times to come.
Case in point.
Things are getting a little more playful. This cyberpunk metallic choker look, the Miami beach glamour vibes, Gisele‘s gold statue look.
The virginal pop star phase. This year also saw VS’s first musical performances by Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli.
Fur, more fur, and Gisele being photobombed by a PETA protester.
Some kind of arm theme happening here.
Mean Girls was also released in 2004, so naturally VS proved that pink can be worn on Wednesdays and beyond.
Things are starting to get more intricate. From bedazzled bras to pom pom accents, VS lingerie is stepping it up.
The outfits are starting to get a bit more outlandish and quirky at the 2006 show.
What makes a bigger splash that Heidi Klum dressed as a giant sparkly snowflake? Heidi Klum dressed as a giant sparkly snowflake and her then husband Seal, singing to her in a glittery suit.
Glitter, fringe and feathers galore.
A sea of blonde waves–looking fairly similar to today’s VS angels.
These poppy outfits look like they belong on stage with Katy Perry, which makes sense as the singer performed at this show with Akon.
From fluorescent lights to gleaming gold, these wings each have a style of their own.
These 2012 models sure look happy. Maybe it’s because Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars performed on stage with them.
That signature cascading wave.
Besties Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift walk alongside each other. If it weren’t for the microphone, we wouldn’t know who was the musician and who was the model.
Gigi Hadid makes her VS debut.
The latest installment of models are now social media queens too. That’s Kendall Jenner and sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid.
There’s one refreshing change to the runway–shorter ‘dos. Though most of the models still wear VS’s signature waves, a new crop of models are opting for something a little different.
What else is in store for Victoria’s Secret 2016? Tune in tonight at 10 p.m. EST on CBS.