Did You Spot All the Dance Fashion References in Taylor Swift’s New Video?

Music fans had a nice Monday yesterday with the surprise news that Taylor Swift’s first official pop album is being released in October and has a poppy ’80s influence, hence the name 1989 (it’s also the year Taylor was born). And it gets better: Along with the news, she dropped a music video for “Shake It Off” that’s dance-able x a million and has costume change after costume change that play around with some of my favorite recent fashion movie moments.


There are a ton of dance references, which makes me think Taylor’s loving the resurgence of ballet in fashion just as much as I am and that she must have done her movie-watching research while working on the creative direction of the video.

The opening scene, with dancers at the barre in leotards and tights, was so Centerstage (and the sweatshirt with the neckline cut out was a realistic Flashdance nod). All that practice paid off later when she gave us her best Natalie Portman in Black Swan in a white tutu and feathered headpiece.

The dance theme continued with a hip hop, breakdancing section that reminded me of Missy Elliott and her Adidas track suit heyday. Then, a crew of dancers that looked ready for the background of a ’90s music video. I got Fly Girl Jennifer Lopez first but then started to think, wait, is this modern day Miley Cyrus?

Lady Gaga and her visor-like shades and platinum bob were also represented, plus the actress I think portrayed the best cheerleader on-screen, ever: Kirsten Dunst in Bring It On. The chicest reference was Funny Face‘s Audrey Hepburn, which came to life thanks to Taylor’s cropped black pants, flats, and boat neck top.

The only way the whole thing could’ve been any more fun was if she and some extras danced around like Cher Horowitz, Dion, and the Clueless crew. That would have been priceless beyond belief.

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