7 of Taylor Swift’s most trusted designers over the years: from her punk rock Louis Vuitton look at the 2016 Met Gala and colourful Versace ensembles to edgy Balmain, also loved by Kim Kardashian

Taylor Swift loves wearing luxury designers to red carpet events. Photos: @oscardelarenta/Instagram; Film Magic; @louisvuitton/Instagram; @Versace/Facebook; WireImage

Taylor Swift is the highest-paid female entertainer in the world as she’s the only woman who made it to the Forbes’ top 10 list, earning a whopping US$92 million in 2022, thanks to her highly successful album Midnights.

US singer-songwriter Taylor Swift arrives for the 65th Annual Grammy Awards at the Arena in Los Angeles, California, in February 2023. Photo: AFP
The 33-year-old superstar is not only one of the richest pop divas of 2022, she’s also a fashion icon. Her style is never boring as her chameleon-like nature helps her rock a variety of looks, whatever the occasion. Whether she’s casually strolling down the streets of New York or rocking up to red carpet events, we can be sure that her fashion choices are uniquely hers.

So, who are her go-to designers?

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1. Oscar de la Renta

Taylor Swift wears Oscar de la Renta’s draped crystal cocktail dress to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2022. Photo: @oscardelarenta/Instagram
The “Gorgeous” singer is clearly a fan of Oscar de la Renta, as it’s been her designer of choice on the red carpet on multiple occasions.

Take for instance her dazzling crystal sheer minidress from the MTV Video Music Awards last year. The head-turning ensemble decorated with silver chains was a bold move for the songstress, who rocked it boldly without skipping a beat. Swift complemented the US$25,000 piece with sparkling Louboutin heels and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

Taylor Swift poses in the press room at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in March 2021. Photo: AP

A year earlier, she made history as the first female artist ever to win Grammy’s album of the year three times and she did it in an unforgettably charming floral dress. From Oscar de la Renta’s autumn/winter 2021 collection, this tulle dress is appliquéd with about 200 colourful blooms, and was the perfect choice for the floral princess.

Taylor Swift wears Oscar de la Renta to the premiere of Cats in 2019. Photo: @taylorswift/Instagram

For the premier of Cats in 2019, she picked another classy Renta number. She wore a satin gown covered in floral and leaf patterns with the orange-red and black theme from the brand. The gown’s palette was perfect for her character from the film – a ginger catwoman Bombalurina. It cost almost US$18,000, per Insider.

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2. Elie Saab

Taylor Swift arrives at the 57th Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, in February 2015. Photo: FilmMagic

The Style” singer also favours bold colours and for that, she picks Elie Saab.

Swift channelled mermaid vibes back in 2015 for the Grammys in the brand’s shimmering emerald-turquoise gown. She matched it with a pair of opal Paraiba earrings and rings by her favourite jeweller, Lorraine Schwartz – worth an estimated US$1 million in total.
Taylor Swift arrives at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2012. Photo: FilmMagic

The “Red” singer appeared in another Elie Saab number when she was crowned as the “Woman of the Year” at Billboard Music Awards in 2012. She stunned in a red chiffon sleeveless gown with a lace bodice.

A year later, she once again chose a red-wine haute couture gown with sophisticated embroidery to receive the rare Pinnacle Award at the Country Music Awards for artists who take country music to a worldwide audience.

3. Atelier Versace

Taylor Swift arrives at the 58th Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, in February 2016. Photo: FilmMagic
For even more vibrant colours, Swift often looks to Atelier Versace. In 2016, she arrived at the Grammys in a colourful two-piece ensemble: a coral top and a hot pink floor-length cutaway satin skirt.
Taylor Swift wears this colourful Atelier Versace ensemble to the Teen Choice Awards in 2019. Photo: @Versace/Facebook

Later in 2019, she opted for the Italian house again at two events during the same month of August. At the Teen Choice Awards, she combined her rainbow-printed bodysuit with a blazer from Versace’s pre-autumn 2019 Voyage Barocco.

Meanwhile, at the MTV Music Awards, she wore another colourful sparkling blazer from the Italian fashion house, fully encrusted with Swarovski crystals from its Cruise 2020 collection. She mixed it up with a shimmering pink crop top and Christian Louboutin thigh-high boots.

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4. Balmain

Taylor Swift attends the American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, in October 2018. Photo: WireImage
Other signature ensembles of Swift come from Balmain, one of the preferred brands of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, including Kim. She presented the disco ball-esque outfit at the 2018 American Music Awards, owning the metallic minidress that’s entirely covered in tiny platinum-mirror-like squares and matching thigh -high boots.
Taylor Swift wearing a Balmain dress in the music video “Look What You Made Me Do”. Photo: @bulgari/Instagram
Earlier at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, she appeared in a glittering white jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and cut-out panels at the waist. Additionally, in her 2017 music video “Look What You Made Me Do”, she wore a wrap red dress for a “Snake Queen” look, with snake jewels by Bulgari Serpenti.

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5. Louis Vuitton

Taylor Swift tries out a different look with this punk rock outfit by Louis Vuitton. Photo: @louisvuitton/Instagram
The “Bejewelled” singer has added Louis Vuitton to her list of favourite designers in recent years.

At the 2016 Met Gala, she tried out an unexpected punk rock look with a silver-scaled minidress from the brand, paired with dark lipstick and lace-up shoes.

Taylor Swift channels her inner diva with this Louis Vuitton sequinned gown. Photo: @louisvuitton/Instagram

Then she totally transformed into a classy lady at her All Too Well: The Short Film premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, thanks to the custom LV gold sequinned gown, complete with chains along the neckline that cascaded onto her chest and shoulders.

6. Julien Macdonald

Taylor Swift has a soft spot for Welsh designer Julien Macdonald’s designs, like Jennifer Lopez and Gigi Hadid. Photo: @julienmacdonald/Instagram

Swift also shines with Julien Macdonald’s edgy designs.

She made a hit in one of the brand’s sheer gowns with embellishments and sexy cut-outs at the 2016 Country Music Awards as well as the knit minidress at the 2014 Golden Globes Awards. Macdonald’s OTT designs have also been seen on other fashion icons on the red carpet like Jennifer Lopez and Gigi Hadid, per Pink Villa.

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7. J. Mendel

J. Mendel’s designs are feminine and sweet. Photo: @taylorswift/Instagram

Swift also loves looking sweet with J. Mendel’s designs. She wore the fairy tale-like candy pink and yellow silk gown with floral embroidery at the 2019 Time 100 Gala. The billowing sleeves were actually detachable as she removed them later to play the guitar at the event.

Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, in February 2013. Photo: FilmMagic

The brand has been one of her preferred choices since her early years. She looked like a Greek goddess in a cream and white chiffon gown with thigh-high slit and metallic straps on the neckline at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

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  • Swift looks great in bold looks by Elie Saab and edgy outfits by Balmain and Julien Macdonald, a brand that’s also adored by celebs like Jennifer Lopez and Gigi Hadid
  • Her other fave designers include luxe maisons Atelier Versace and Louis Vuitton but she’s also into J. Mendel’s sweet designs, like the Greek goddess-like gown she wore to the 2013 Grammys