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Fans who couldn’t get their hands on tickets to Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour can now quell their FOMO at a Museum of Arts and Design exhibition featuring the superstar’s glitziest costumes, props and jewelry.
“Taylor Swift: Storyteller,” located on the second floor of the New York City museum, offers a career-spanning look at the 12-time Grammy winner’s music videos, tours and awards show performances.
Highlights include the lace gown she wore while singing “All Too Well” on the Red Tour, the ballerina outfit from her music video for “Shake It Off,” and — perhaps the centerpiece of it all — the red wedding dress from “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault).”
The walls of the exhibition are adorned with lyrics scribbled in the songwriter’s own handwriting, as well as scenes from her music videos, including the epic 10-minute version of “All Too Well.”
There’s also the crystal-encrusted guitar she famously used during performances from her 2010 album “Speak Now,” the hooded bodysuit she wore while she strutted through stadiums during her “Reputation” era, and the striped T-shirt she donned in a 2020 “folklore” photoshoot.
Museum director Tim Rodgers said he wanted the exhibit to showcase how Swift uses visual elements to further her storytelling as much as she does her lyrics. “Taylor Swift is using costumes and props like a vocabulary,” he said.
He added it was actually the songstress and her team who approached the museum with the idea after MAD hosted another exhibit — “Queer Maximalism X Machine Dazzle,” which boasted the work of performer and costume designer Matthew Flower (aka Machine Dazzle).
“It was totally unexpected,” Rodgers said.
The exhibit hit the city in the days leading up to Swift’s three-night stop at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, the latest on her record-breaking Eras Tour. Tickets for the event have been notoriously difficult to get, with some paying thousands of dollars to attend.
“Taylor Swift: Storyteller” is on display at MAD through Sept. 4. Tickets cost $25 and grant visitors full access to the rest of the museum.
With News Wire Services