Taylor Swift helped design her Time 100 Gala gown

The designer behind Taylor Swift’s ethereal Time 100 Gala gown has revealed that the star played a key role in designing the fairy tale look.

The Look What You Made Me Do hitmaker wore the pastel, peach and yellow coloured J. Mendel design to the annual event in New York on Tuesday night (23Apr19).

While the gown was originally from the designer’s spring 2019 collection, the brand’s creative director, Gilles Mendel, explained that the initial look did not feature the off-the-shoulder sleeves that Taylor wore.


“That bolero didn’t come from me – it was her,” he told Page Six Style. “She had the vision of having some sort of cover that would give it a different volume than just a basic dress. So we developed, with our Gilles Mendel touch, this little hand-pleated, silk-sleeved bolero cover that I thought came out really stunning.”

While the star rocked the completed look on the red carpet, she went on to remove the bolero for her performance at the event, where she played a five-song set of her best-loved hits.

Gilles went on to laud the 29-year-old for her creative vision, and shared that she is always keen to collaborate on her looks.

“Taylor always has a very strong point of view; she’s really extraordinary in how she transforms herself constantly,” he said of the I Knew You Were Trouble songstress. “She always comes to me with an idea; in this case, the theme was pastel colours and soft tones. So we started with my spring palette, and from there, we built up the dress.”

Fans have recently begun to suspect that Taylor is gearing up to launch her debut clothing collection, after she stepped out Monday sporting pink floral shorts and a matching T-shirt, with one of the sleeves of her top printed with her name in a bold white font.

Taylor also wore a similar floral gown to pal Gigi Hadid’s 24th birthday party later that day, with fans further speculating that the star is about to make a foray into fashion.