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“I have lots of short-term goals.”“To be able to save somebody if they’re drowning,” she says. “So CPR, all the various kinds of chest compressions.People tell you little tips, but that’s different from actually taking a class and getting certified.”“No.And so I stretched every single day for a year until I could do a split.Somehow I feel better knowing that I can.”I ask her if she’d ever consider launching a fashion line.“Theoretically, yes,” she says. And a lot of things I wear are not highly expensive.”In May, Swift will cochair the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s 2016 gala, for the exhibition “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” It is a topic Swift—easily one of the biggest style icons of the social-media era—understands better than most, from technology’s ability to shape trends to its growing influence on creativity and design.The split-rail fence that’s still standing—Scott and Andrea built that themselves. Just a few years back, Swift was so excited about relocating to New York City—it was the creative basis for —but when she’s in the city now, within a couple of days, there is a circus of photographers outside her apartment building.“But that kind of happens everywhere,” she says.Scott, a stockbroker, actually purchased and lived on the property before he’d met Andrea; on their first date, she came to a party he hosted in the farmhouse. “I always thought you might want to stop by,” she says. As we step into the cozy two-floor home, Taylor takes out her phone and starts filming. She actually owns the house with her husband and lives nearby. The wedding ceremony has finished—Britany and Ben made it official to applause—and Swift and I have huddled downstairs at the church during a break before the reception.(“Her not being creative is one of the last things I’d ever worry about,” the musician and producer Jack Antonoff tells me later.)“I’m always going to be writing songs,” Swift says.“The thing is, with me, I could very well come up with three things in the next two weeks and then jump back into the studio, and all of a sudden the next record is started.

—she took Maack to Reem Acra, where Britany got fitted for her custom hand-embroidered silk-taffeta wedding gown and Taylor for the blush-pink, cap-sleeved chiffon maid-of-honor dress that she has on today (the fitting was also Instagrammed, naturally).

I should probably know how to do that.“I do things like this,” Swift says.

Once, “I got it in my head that I couldn’t do a split, and I was really upset about it.

During a car ride earlier in the day, she excitedly pointed out landmarks: the creek where she and Britany used to play as kids; a weathered tree house in the front yard of the former Maack family home; the piney woods she and her friends used to think were haunted.“It’s such a surreal, emotional thing,” Swift says.

“When you’re a little kid, you’re riding the same roads to school every single day, hundreds of times.

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