April L Brown, AP
The exhibit draws the viewer into the museum as 10 vignettes are placed strategically throughout the other exhibits. All are from Taylor's Speak Now World Tour, which began February 9, 2011, in Singapore and ended March 18, 2012, in Auckland, New Zealand.
More than 1.5 million people saw the tour, which consisted of 111 performances in 82 cities, 19 countries and four continents. There were 130 people in the cast of the show who traveled in 21 trucks and 13 buses to get to the concert dates.
Taylor's costume changes were numerous throughout her performances, running the gamut from a striking short red dress for her song "Better Than Revenge" to the gorgeous wedding dress for the beautiful "Speak Now." That dress was a vintage reproduction, as was the one she wore in "Mean" and "Our Song."
"The church scene was the most elaborate scene in the show," Taylor writes in the exhibit guide. "We tried to make it seem like a real wedding ceremony with pews, a minister and a bridezilla. The whole story played out with the groom and me running away at the end of the song, exiting the stage. Then I'd make my way out into the crowd."
Susan Hilferty designed the red ballet-style dress Taylor wore while singing "Haunted." Fans will remember she changed out of that dress while underneath one of the giant bells in the scene and into a short black dress designed by Jenny Packahm, which Taylor wore while singing "Long Live." Packham also contributed the design for the red dress worn while the superstar was singing "Better Than Revenge."
Other designers include Marchesa for the blueish/silver dress worn for "Back to December," and Valentino for the awesome gold dress Taylor wore during "Love Story." That dress is displayed in the balcony, which hangs just outside the Hall of Fame rotunda where the reception to introduce the exhibit was held on Monday (June 4).
"I knew this song had to have a special moment," Taylor writes in the guide. "The year before on the Fearless tour, we had a big castle on stage. So for this tour I wanted to go to the audience. We designed a Juliet balcony that would fly over the audience and get me as close to the fans as possible in the balcony seats."
Other designers contributing to the costume changes included Reem Acra, who designed the golden dress worn during "Enchanted," and Roberto Cavalli, who contributed the sparkling gold dress with fringe for "The Story of Us."
Fans can see all these costumes and more as they walk through the museum to see Taylor's exhibit, which opens Wednesday, June 6, and runs through Nov. 4, 2012.