In 1999, MTV News correspondent Serena Altschul went on a very important shopping trip with a certain young pop star. Britney Spears was looking for her VMA wardrobe. Outfits for her red-hot arrival, on-stage performance and the after-parties had to be found just days before the show. With the help of Todd Oldham, Britney found her red carpet look, but before settling on that iconic see-through and sequined jacket with pants there were some other ideas that would require the work of "safety panties."
For more on Brit's history with the Video Music Awards, watch Pieces of Me: Britney’s Best VMA Moments, Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on MTV.