If you’re on SwiftTok you’ve most definitely heard/seen/fan-girled over the Taylor Swift: Storyteller exhibit—located at the Museum of Arts and Design located near Columbus Circle. A peek into Miss Swift’s iconic looks over her many eras has Swifties in a chokehold. I attended the May 14th date in Philly and this exhibit gave me major flashbacks of why I adore Taylor and her showstopping outfits. So of course, I had to check it out for myself while in NYC!
After hopping off the 2 train, I walked through the pouring rain and saw a banner that read “Taylor” plastered outside of the building. I had finally made it as I checked in at the desk to get my wristband. In the lobby were a group of girls squealing and gathered around the portrait of Benjamin the cat, looking as adorable as ever!
To my left were the stairs to head up to the exhibit and once I made it up I heard that all too familiar bridge that sang “You called me up again to just break me like a promise.” I had made it to Swift territory.
Fashioned in the glass cases were Taylor’s most coveted dresses, jumpsuits, jackets, and guitars.
From the “Lavender Haze” shaggy coat, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) album shirt, “Sparks Fly” golden tassel dress, to her 2006 debut year sea-foam green dress with custom made cowboy boots; there was something for every Swiftie. It was surreal to see the myriad of fashion choices Taylor made throughout the years. It reminded me of flipping through old social media or photo albums and seeing what outfits I would put together and reflecting on what I was going through during that era.
My personal favorites had to be her “Shake It Off” ballerina outfit and “I Bet You Think About Me” blood-red wedding dress.
The details up close were exquisite and absolutely bejeweled. Yes, I mean it — the “Bejeweled” outfits from the castle fashion and shimmering two pieces were showcased for all to see.
Playing in the background were music videos like “Anti-Hero,” “All Too Well,” and “You Need to Calm Down.” I couldn’t help but sing along and I was in good company; as fans from little girls to grown men and young women sang and hummed to the tunes.
Visit MAD at 2 Columbus Circle, NY, NY, 10019 today for a truly enchanting experience!