X marks the spot? If a new clue on the internet is any indication, Taylor Swift could be planning her next big move at the 2022 Met Gala.
On Monday, May 2, the official Met Gala Instagram account announced that the superstar (and former event co-chair) may be attending this year’s fundraiser for a very special reason.
“Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton at #MetGala 2016,” the account captioned a photo of Swift on the red carpet at that year’s event, her platinum blonde locks contrasting sharply with the metallic silver snakeskin of her custom dress. “Rumor has it that she accepted his invitation this year and may be using the event to tease the release of her next album.”
The Met Gala serves as a near-mythical setting in Swiftian lore, with Swifties around the world speculating since the 2017 exit Reputation that the events of fan-favorite album “Getaway Car” took place at the 2016 Gala, thanks to their subtly named queen bringing the museum down in the song’s dreamy chorus (“Riding in a getaway car/ There were sirens in the beat of your heart/I should have known I’d be the first to go/Think about where you first meet me/ In a getaway car, no they never go far/ No, nothing good starts in a getaway car”).
That year, the theme for the event was “Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology”, and Swift co-hosted alongside Anna Wintour, Idris Elba and the American-British industrial designer Jonathan Ive.
If, indeed, Taylor drops a major Easter egg – or full-fledged announcement – of the famous Met Steps, the mystery project would be a follow-up to his 2021 re-recordings of the two 2008s. Without fear and 2012 Redas well as her more recent role as the first-ever global ambassador for Record Store Day, which she celebrated with the exclusive release of Folklore bonus track “The Lakes” on vinyl.
Read Swiftian’s cryptic tease from the Met Gala below.