Taylor Swift’s chart-topping year has ushered in a new era of interest in the designers that she so often wears on the red carpet, and her penchant for wearing the feminine, sparkly designs of Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, and Reem Acra has not gone unnoticed. In celebration of the award-winning singer’s 26th birthday today, Savoir Flair looks back at some of Swift’s best red-carpet moments of the year and highlights the Middle Eastern designers that have helped her step into a new, more sophisticated wardrobe.
Click through the gallery for a closer look at the girl and the gowns that are helping put Middle Eastern couture on the map.
Reem Acra understands the girlish fantasy of wanting to look like a princess and, on the cusp of womanhood, Swift turns fantasy into reality in a sleeveless, silver princess gown.
With a thigh high-slit gown by Zuhair Murad, Swift reinvents her red-carpet style from girl-next-door to killer femme fatale.
For her appearance at the 47th annual Country Music Awards, Swift opts for a romantic red dress by Elie Saab to signal her transformation into a full-fledged pop idol.
At the Winter Whites Gala, Swift ushers in the holiday season in a dreamy gown by Reem Acra.
Swift controls her youthful image in a short, but sultry, gold frock that hugs at the bodice and falls into a flirtatious, loose skirt.
In one of Swift’s best red carpet looks of 2012, she dons a jaw-dropping crimson gown by Elie Saab that suggests plenty without revealing anything.
Swift’s penchant for princess gowns falls perfectly in line with the Reem Acra aesthetic. Here, she wears a gold, sparkly confection not unlike the silver dress she wore to the Nashville Symphony Ball.
Swift’s all-nude look is a mature step up and is miles ahead of most of her peers. We love how she paired this look with a simple smoky eye and swept-back updo.
The buttery shade and the flowing train of this Elie Saab gown make for show-stopping details when Swift rocks the look at the 46th annual Country Music Awards.
Elie Saab is famous for his sequin-saturated dresses, and the microscopic rows of bronze and silver sparkles on this dress help Swift to stand out on the red carpet.
Swift trades in her signature ball gown for a heart-stopping LBD by Elie Saab that perfectly conforms to her tall, lithe frame.
The 2015 Grammy nominee steals the spotlight in an ombré metallic mullet gown by Elie Saab.
The sweetheart neckline and loose skirt of this gown stand the test of time. Swift has never looked more classic or poised.
In this stunning long-sleeved mini dress, Swift gives evidence as to why men fall at her feet in heaps of adoration; she really knows how to get mileage out of her long legs.
Swift channels a young Nicole Kidman in a dramatic, high-necked gown by Zuhair Murad that is finished with swirling sequined embroidery.
In a classic sleeveless gown by Reem Acra, the singer glitters like any one of the numerous awards she’s won for her music.
Swift explores a new silhouette in this handkerchief-hemmed frock by Elie Saab, and the cut only serves to enhance her fabulous figure.