Merry Chirstmas Backstage I by Gavin Bond

Backstage Volume I (Merry Christmas) by Gavin Bond was shot at the Victoria’s Secret runway show and evokes all of the drama and excitement of the event itself.






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Merry Chirstmas Backstage I by Gavin Bond

Backstage Volume I (Merry Christmas) by Gavin Bond was shot at the Victoria’s Secret runway show. The series evokes all the drama and excitement of the event itself. Included in the portfolio are photographs of Victoria’s Secret lingerie models Gisele Bundchen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima and Selita Ebanks.“This particular year the Victoria Secret show was held in Los Angeles at The Kodak centre where The Oscars are held each year. Sir Richard Branson was kind enough to lend VS a plane to fly the girls from New York to Los Angeles. It was kitted out in pink and the outside of the plane read ‘Here Come The Angels.’ I was fortunate enough to be onboard that flight, that was one to remember.” – Gavin Bond

With a backstage pass the equivalent of pure fashion gold dust,  Gavin Bond gained unprecedented access to every moment of the goings-on at the sexiest fashion show on the planet – starring a stockings-and-stiletto-clad Victoria’s Secret Angels cast.“It has its own aesthetic: a kind of sexy-Cirque-du-Soleil, inspired by Man Ray, Magritte and Salvador Dali. Throw in live performances from the Spice Girls (dressed as forces sweethearts), and Black Eyed Peas’, and you have one of the most remarkable nights of the year,” writes Andy Morris of the event.

Gavin Bond is one of the most sought after celebrity photographers in the world. Sultry and slick, his photographs capture the surface-oriented worlds of celebrity and fashion culture. A mixture of sophistication, sex and smiles combine with contemporary sensibilities to produce an intoxicating effect.

A graduate of London’s infamous Saint Marten’s School of Art, Bond began his career shooting backstage at the international runway shows, building mutually beneficial relationships with the world’s most cherished designer and fashion models. Focused on women’s bodies and famous personalities, Bond has become known for his behind-the-scenes images of Victoria’s Secret runway shows and his candid portraits of celebrities from the worlds of art and pop culture alike. Striking a balance between posed and candid, his celebrity portraits often reveal an intimate side of the actors, musicians and artists they depict and frequently employ biographical props.


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