From Guest to Co-Host of the Met Gala, Taylor Swift's Stunning Fashion Evolution Through the Years
By Antoinette Bueno
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Taylor Swift has come a long way when it comes to her personal style.
The 26-year-old singer is co-chair of Monday's 2016 Met Gala alongside actor Idris Elba, but it's definitely not the first time she's attended the star-studded New York City fundraising event. Let's take a look back at all of Swift's Met Gala looks through the years, and see how she arrived at being high fashion's golden girl.
Swift first attended the Met Gala in 2008, sporting a glittery gold Badgley Mischka gown -- and still rocking her memorable corkscrew curls -- for the year's "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy" theme. The slinky gown fit her statuesque physique perfectly and was a standout thanks to its stunning ombre effect.
Two years later, Swift looked ethereal in a white ruffed Ralph Lauren off-the-shoulder gown, which perfectly fit the year's theme, "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity." The dress was actually from a runway show five years before, proving she wasn't afraid to make an unconventional choice.
Swift decided to put her hair up in a chic side bun for the next soiree, looking distinctly more gothic for the year's theme, "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty." The singer chose a sleeveless nude J. Mendel gown with dramatic sheer black detailing, pairing the dark choice with a smoky eye look. Of course, her signature red lips were still intact.
Swift went even more dramatic with the eye makeup two years later, sporting thick black eyeliner for the night's "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" theme. She once again chose J. Mendel for the occasion, and the dress was definitely her boldest Met Gala choice to date. Featuring sheer netting on the side and a bedazzled collar and neckline, Swift more than pulled off the edgy design, adding pink streaks in her blond hair to complete the look.
Swift returned to a girly princess aesthetic in a pretty pink Oscar de la Renta gown, which featured a bustle and a long train. The look nicely complemented 2014's theme, which celebrated classic couturier Charles James, and her flattering side-swept 'do and classic makeup was as flawless as ever.
But we can definitely expect Swift's choice for this year's theme, "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," to be her most eye-catching yet, given the complete style evolution she's gone through in the past few years. Her latest controversial red carpet choices, not to mention her current love-it-or-hate-it bleach blond 'do, make it safe to say that Swift isn't afraid to go against the grain.
Her current choices are even more stunning when you compare them to the distinctly feminine, more conventionally vintage style she was famous for only a few years ago...
... Not to mention her country girl style from almost a decade ago.
"I think that I've gone through lots of phases with fashion, whether it's cowboy boots and dresses and curly hair, and then I got bangs," Swift told ET in 2012. "I think one of my favorite things about fashion is how much you can change it and how much you can go through phases."
The "Blank Space" singer will most likely show a whole lot more skin for the 2016 gala as well. Swift's latest red carpet choices have been all about showing off her long legs and super slim physique.
Swift surprised everyone when she turned up to the 2016 GRAMMYs in February, wearing an Atelier Versace ensemble made up of a tiny orange crop top and fuchsia maxi skirt with an extremely high slit.
Later that month, she wore a plunging black Alexandre Vauthier number that showed plenty of leg to the Oscars Vanity Fair after-party.
Her most recent red carpet event was the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Las Vegas, where she accentuated her tiny waist with a wide black belt worn over a black sequin Saint Laurent jumpsuit. Not afraid to flaunt her 5'10" frame, she paired the catsuit with fiercely tall black Giuseppe Zanotti booties.
Swift has definitely been favoring Saint Laurent as of late, leading to some speculation that she could be wearing the brand at this year's gala. In fact, earlier this month, she sported a $5,000 outfit from the luxury fashion house that included an army jacket, sneakers, and purse while on a restaurant date with her model pals, Lily Aldridge and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.