Taylor Swift wore a custom David Koma to the EMAs: cute or out of character?

Here are some photos of Taylor Swift at the MTV Europe Awards in Germany over the weekend. Apparently, this was a surprise appearance by Swift, although I doubt it was a surprise appearance for the people who track her private planes! Taylor got all dolled up in this custom David Koma dress and I have some thoughts! First of all, while Taylor has experimented with “sexier” looks over the years, she usually doesn’t show much skin, and this dress feels enormously out of character for her. The low-cut neckline, all of the cleavage, bare back plus the fact she’s basically just wearing a swimsuit with a bejeweled sarong – it’s very strange. I also think that her thick, country bangs are incongruous with such a sexy look?

Anyway, Taylor ended up winning four EMAs and she made some nice but unremarkable speeches. It came as Taylor’s Midnights was finally dethroned from the top of the Billboard charts – while Midnights is still the biggest release and best-selling album of 2022, Drake & 21 Savage’s Her Loss has topped the charts and now Midnights is #2. Taylor will still outsell Drake in the end, and her sales and chartings are still making history.

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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38 Responses to “Taylor Swift wore a custom David Koma to the EMAs: cute or out of character?”

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  1. equality says:

    Why the strange, uncomfortable toes-together pose?

    • MsIam says:

      It looks like she was snapped while adjusting her position more so than posing. It can be hard shifting around on carpet in stilettos.

    • BrainFog 💉💉💉😷 says:

      She looks like she’s gotta pee.

      Horrible “dress”.

      • kate says:

        I think she looks great. Beautiful and talented woman! Totally disagree about the bangs. Bangs can’t be sexy?!? Says you.
        I see CB did their usual dirty by picking the awkward foot pic.
        Also, it’s funny to criticize people for always looking the same… and then criticize them for deviating from their classic look. 😉
        Just saying.

  2. MsIam says:

    Not cute at all. It looks like she’s wearing embellished chicken wire.

    • Ann says:

      Lol it totally does look like fancy chicken wire. No me gusta. I’m pretty sure I saw another pic of her in a different dress so I wonder if she ever sat down in this one. I’d imagine not because she’d have a weird imprint on her legs/butt all night.

    • Emme says:

      Guess this why my mother said “Always wear a petticoat!”

    • lucy2 says:

      It does look like chicken wire! What an odd dress. She does not seem comfortable in it at all.

  3. Case says:

    Out of character. She looked uncomfortable so exposed. And it’s kinda weird to do full-leg reveal and cleavage — usually people pick one or the other!

  4. Southern Fried says:

    Love it! Unusual and unexpected. While I usually don’t like thick bangs it’s great on her. I appreciate she’s a talented young woman succeeding regularly, excellent role model for other young woman.

  5. Kate says:

    Maybe this is a fashion reference to the Bejeweled song/music video? Not my favorite look of hers, she looks good but doesn’t seem to be 100% comfortable in it which takes away from the final look.

    • Kate says:

      And a green metallic shoe to pull out the gems would have been much more fun than this shoe choice.

  6. Seraphina says:

    I saw her in this last night as she moved to pose for pics with fans and while moving, it looked nice but in pics not so nice.

  7. Rose says:

    It’s so subjective what we think about fashion, which adds to the fun. I saw this dress on Taylor and I thought it looked great, one of my favorite things she’s worn. It’s different for her but I’m here for it.

  8. tamsin says:

    Quite fun, but basically a black swimsuit with a gem-studded wire cage. You’d really have to work it to bring it to life to make it a fun outfit, though.

  9. PJ says:

    How does that even work when you’re sitting?

    • Amy Bee says:

      She wore a different dress for the actual show. This dress was just for the red carpet.

    • Nikki says:

      I hated it at first glance, kinda liked it the second look, and now I’m a fan! It’s just a dress, & she’s having some fun trying new things, perhaps? I don’t think anyone forced her to do it…

  10. Claudia Brigg says:

    Could she be pregnant by any chance? She has that glowing full look.

    • Sarita says:

      This pinged my radar, I think she may be expecting.
      I wish someone on her team would talk her out of those bangs finally. That will be a moment

    • Case says:

      Taylor is recovering from an eating disorder, so pregnancy speculation isn’t the best in this case. And I highly doubt that’s the case, as she’s about to embark on a huge tour starting in spring 2023.

      • SomeChick says:

        pregnancy speculation is never the best. we’ve been over and over this here. women have a right to their bodily privacy and scrutinizing and speculating on women’s bodies is gross. criticize the fashion, stay out of her uterus.

  11. WiththeAmerican says:

    Don’t love this on her. She’s always done glam without being a full on sexualized object. This is too much. But her hair is gorgeous, that color never stops working for her.

  12. K says:

    FFS. stand up straight. This rule applies to everyone. Also this look is a nope.

  13. Mash says:

    I get so irritated whenever I see a celeb in a designer outfit or in a photoshoot and no one in the style dept or the fashion house could have made sure the bust fits. The amount of too small cups drives me nuts. All this money, all these eyes on the look, all the pre-planning and yet no one could give these women a larger cup that fits.

  14. Lucía says:

    There’s a video of her approaching some fans on the red carpet to take selfies with them and she keeps trying to cover her chest with her arms. She was obviously uncomfortable. I think she could pull off a sexy-but-covered up look better.

  15. HeyKay says:

    I really dislike the sheer dresses. They generally look cheap.

  16. Hootenannie says:

    She looks so uncomfortable. The photos are awkward, but you should see the videos- on Instagram there are vids of her posing for photos with fans and she just doesn’t know what to do with her angles with that much of her chest on display.

    I think it’s hard because there’s “fake it til you make it” but some people can’t get out of their own heads and it’s obvious.

    I love Taylor but I would rather see her ~sparkling~ in something where she looks and feels radiant.

    • Case says:

      Yeah, as someone who also doesn’t typically wear low-cut looks, I totally recognized and understood her discomfort. Sometimes you think it’s a fun idea to take a risk, but in practice it feels awkward to be so exposed when you’re not used to it.

  17. Stephanie says:

    I thought her dress during the show was much cuter and worked better with the hair – kind of a disco ball polo tennis dress I guess I’d describe it as?

  18. Concern Fae says:

    It would have worked better with a turtleneck top.

    Those bathing suit bottom outfits always read as “I forgot to put on my pants” to me. They barely work on stage.

  19. [insert_catchy_name] says:

    I kinda like it, and she looks nice. But awkward as hell.

  20. Winter Day says:

    I love it and hate it at the same time.

  21. coolspray says:

    omg. no no nooooo. every time I see a photo of taylor swift, I hate the way she dresses more and more.

  22. Bread and Circuses says:

    I like bits of it, but not the whole dress. For example, I like the jewel-sarong, but I’d like it to continue up past her boobs. I like the neckline, but it looks like she’s wearing a one-piece swimsuit, so I’d rather the bodice ended at her ribs to expose a few inches of midriff, and then re-started as hot-pants or a mini-skirt.

    Overall, she looks great, but the dress is a bit “almost”.

  23. T-rex says:

    This would’ve been amazing with tall boots instead of heels.