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Despite being a high street, accessible brand, Victoria’s Secret in fact dominates the list of most expensive lingerie pieces thanks to their coveted Fantasy Bra series that was introduced in 1996. First introduced to the runway in 2001, these jewel-studded, luxurious undergarments are considered masterpieces of high fashion lingerie. There hasn’t been a single Fantasy Bra that cost less than seven figures, but to give others a chance at making the list of high-priced, sexy undies, most of the Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bras between $1 million and $5 million have been stricken from the record here. With that in mind, we’ve compiled an eye-watering rundown of 5 of the most expensive lingerie pieces ever designed.
Victoria’s Secret doesn’t top the list! The top of the list of most expensive lingerie pieces isn’t even a piece of lingerie, it’s a “bikini,” just about. This dental-floss-sized swimsuit was designed by Susan Rosen for Sports Illustrated’s 2012 Swimsuit Issue. It is worth a whopping $30 million. Molly Sims took the honors of showcasing the bikini (and a whole lot of skin) which is an assembly of over 150 carats of D flawless diamonds. The thong contains one of the world’s largest pear-shaped diamonds, weighing in at 51-karats, in addition to a 31-karat emerald-cut diamond. All of these stones are set in platinum, making this teeny bikini the most expensive masterpiece of lingerie in the world.
The most expensive Fantasy Bra ever premiered came at the annual Fashion Show in 2000. This beautiful crimson bra-and-panty set was made of red satin and was decorated with 1,300 gemstones, including 300 carats of Thai rubies. The stunning angel Gisele Bündchen was chosen to wear the piece of art. Currently, the “Red Hot” Fantasy Bra set holds the Guinness World Record for the most extravagant and expensive underwear ever created.
Designed in the style of the company’s “Very Sexy” collection, this bra was designed by regular Victoria’s Secret designer Mouawad. It boasted 2,900 pave-set diamonds and 22 rubies, all interwoven and set in 18-karat white gold. The hanging centerpiece was a 101-carat Mouawad Splendor diamond. Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen was chosen to wear this piece, making it her second Fantasy Bra. The “Sexy Splendor” bra is tied as the second-most expensive Fantasy Bra ever showcased, and it might be the most expensive one-piece bra ever created.
The “Heavenly Star Fantasy Bra” was the first-ever Fantasy Bra to appear on the runway. It began the tradition in 2001, and Heidi Klum was the first supermodel chosen to wear the tight-fitting brassiere. There had been other Fantasy Bras bras since 1996, but they were never featured on the runway. The “Heavenly Star” featured 1,200 Sri Lankan pink sapphires and a 90-carat emerald-cut diamond in its center.
In 2003, Angel and supermodel Tyra Banks were awarded her third Fantasy Bra, the $11 million “Very Sexy” Fantasy Bra. The stunning red and white brassiere took 370 hours to create, and the reason for its ridiculous price tag stemmed from the 70-carat diamond embedded in the center (the second largest in the world). At the time, the “Very Sexy” bra was the Guinness World Record holder for being the most luxurious and expensive piece of lingerie ever made.