Custom 'Taylor'ed - Eras Tour dazzles
By Bella Omar
Having released four new albums and two rerecorded albums since her Reputation Tour in 2018, Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour has been eagerly anticipated by many, generating almost $591 million in ticket sales so far.
This record-breaking tour takes Taylor fans on a journey through her whole discography, from her debut album to her most recent album, “Midnights.”
While her 44-song, 3-hour set list is impressive, her coinciding wardrobe is just as noteworthy.
Paying tribute to each of her respective music and fashion eras, Taylor makes an astounding 16 costume changes throughout the show, with every ensemble being custom made by a variety of designers such as Roberto Cavalli and Atelier Versace.
Taylor opens the show with songs from her 2019 album, “Lover.” This is made clear even before she sang her opener “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince'' by her pink and blue bejeweled Atelier Versace bodysuit, resembling the pastel skies on the album cover.
Characteristic of her tour outfits, this bodysuit was styled with a pair of custom Christian Louboutin knee-high boots coated in swarovski crystals in tandem with her microphone.
To introduce her song “The Man,” Taylor added a studded Versace blazer to her ensemble.
This jacket’s debut was brief as she made a quick change into an embroidered gold fringe minidress by Roberto Cavalli reminiscent of her early eras to perform songs from her 2008 album “Fearless.” The matching bedazzled guitar completed the look.
After completing her song “Love Story,” the pop star transformed her look into a tribute to her album “Evermore” by replacing swarovski crystals with whimsical mustard yellow. Her long corseted dress with floral embroidery was custom made by Etro and perfectly encapsulated the bewitching undertones of the storytelling album.
To transition into her much edgier “Reputation” era, Taylor then donned an asymmetrical Roberto Cavalli black mesh and sequin jumpsuit. The red snake embellishments were reminiscent of her music videos from that album. This suit was worn with yet another pair of custom Christian Louboutin ankle boots in black.
“Speak Now” was the next of the eras performed, and Taylor did not fall short in representing the year of its release, 2010, with a shimmering A-line ball gown in pastel pink by luxury bridal brand Nicole + Felicia, clearly paying homage to the fairytale nature of the album. The second show of the tour, she wore a similar gown by Zuhair Murad.
Her “Red” set was kicked off with a more casual costume change, with a white graphic T-shirt, with the words “a lot going on at the moment” styled with sequined black shorts and a fedora, practically recreating her “22” music video look. The words on the graphic T-shirt change into the lyrics, “Who’s Taylor Swift anyway? Ew.” The T-shirt came off for the song “I Knew You Were Trouble” to reveal a red and black ombre romper by Ashish. A matching floor-length coat was added to complete the look for the 10-minute version of “All Too Well” with another coordinating guitar.
“Folklore” was encapsulated in an ethereal lavender chiffon dress by Alberta Ferretti, whose lace ruffles created dramatic silhouettes as Taylor moved across the vast stage. Almost comparable to one of Stevie Nicks’ signature looks, this dress will be one of this tour’s more notable outfits.
The album “1989” was celebrated with bright green and pink sets by Roberto Cavalli, characterized by dramatic fringe and beading.
Songs from the 2022 album “Midnights,” her most recent album, completed the show. Beginning with “Lavender Haze,” Taylor emerged in a very fitting ensemble, consisting of a lavender faux fur coat and crystal T-shirt dress by Oscar de la Renta.
The final look was a custom Zuhair Murad bodysuit in midnight blue, with no shortage of beading and fringe.
Taylor Swift and her team were detail-oriented in every aspect of the tour, and her wardrobe was no exception, with every look perfectly encapsulating the associated “era” of music and careful choice of designers.