Taylor Swift Fans Think There Was an ‘Albatross’ Easter Egg in Her Grammys Look

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Taylor Swift is the Simone Biles of dressing up as oneself—as in, she's constantly upping her own game and inventing new skills at a pace that not even her closest competitor can ever hope to match. I think we should just go ahead and rename “Easter eggs” as “Swifts” right now. Anyway, did you catch the one at the Grammys?

<h1 class="title">Taylor Swift 66th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals</h1><cite class="credit">Kayla Oaddams/WireImage</cite>

Taylor Swift 66th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals

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Swift attended the 66th Grammys in a sweeping white Schiaparelli gown, accented with black velvet opera gloves and layered necklaces, including one black clock choker. At the time we thought this look was a reference to Reputation. However, now fans have noticed that the white gown with black accents sort of resembles the black-tipped wings on an albatross. And “The Albatross” is the title of a bonus track on Swift's upcoming album, The Tortured Poets Department, which she just announced at her Sydney show. Coincidence? One honestly never knows with Swift.

Of course, Swift's Grammys gown isn't the only albatross-related Easter egg Swifties have (possibly) uncovered in the six days since she announced the name of the bonus track. Per Bustle, some fans have linked the song title to Coney Island's Albatross Hotel, which used to be situated at the west end of what was then known as the Bowery (not to be confused with Manhattan's Bowery)—until a hotel employee allegedly set fire to the place in 1903 because he was in love with a woman who was in love with the hotel's owner. Joe Alwyn's pen name was William Bowery, after all, so you can see how they got there.

Poetically speaking, an albatross is also a metaphor for a great and inescapable moral or emotional burden (could this be why Swift kept putting her Grammy on people's heads?), which could also be read as a reference to Alwyn. Some Swifties have even wondered whether she is making a direct reference to the albatross in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by the 19th-century tortured poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in which case Swift herself might be the metaphorical albatross.

With Taylor Swift, all things are possible, and all theories, no matter how obscure, are valid.


Originally Appeared on Glamour