Taylor Swift’s outfit in the new ‘Fortnight’ video, designed by Elena Velez


In her latest music video, “Fortnight,” Taylor Swift wore a Victorian-Gothic style outfit designed by emerging Milwaukee artist Elena Velez.

The video, released Friday, had nearly 18 million views on YouTube by Saturday night and is the No. 1 trending video for music.

The ensemble designed by Velez and worn by Swift appears just over a minute into the video, just before music artist Post Malone appears and the two artists begin using early 20th century typewriters.

The all-black outfit is actually separate and not a dress, according to Taylor Swift’s fashion blog,

The pieces are from Velez’s Fall 2024 collection, which debuted in February.

Velez told Vogue magazine that her intentions for this collection include bringing a “more multi-dimensional representation of femininity, good and bad; one that accepts the difficult, complicated, ugly truth of womanhood as part of the beauty that makes us whole….”

The dark and somber outfit fits the overall mood of Swift’s new album ‘The Tortured Poets Department’.

It is reminiscent of the dresses worn by upper-class women in Europe and America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The look was popularized by Queen Victoria of England, who wore the elegant and elaborate funeral robes during public mourning for her husband Albert, who died in 1861, until her own death in 1901.

Velez posted a photo of Swift wearing the ensemble to her Instagram page, but does not appear to have made any public comments about the exposure yet.

Velez is of Puerto Rican descent, but was raised in Milwaukee by a single mother who was a ship captain on the Great Lakes, which she says influenced her artistic identity.

Having trained in fashion design in Paris and London with degrees in 2018 and 2020, she quickly became noticed in the fashion world. Velez is the winner of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s 2022 Emerging Designer of the Year award and was the 2022 Vogue Fashion Fund winner.

Velez says on her website that some of her proudest work to date has been made with Midwestern makers to help democratize resources and recognition for artists outside of traditional creative capitals.

She is now based in New York for her work.

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