Taylor Swift fans' "wildest dreams" have come true: The Taylor Swift Experience will open at the State Fair of Texas.
The traveling exhibit tells the global superstar's story through iconic memorabilia and gives fairgoers the opportunity to trace her evolution from childhood to stardom. Put on by the Dallas Historical Society, The Taylor Swift Experience will be on display in the Hall of State building during the State Fair of Texas (Sept. 30 through Oct. 23) and is free to anyone attending the fair.
At the exhibit, music videos and recorded performances play on flatscreen TVs while sequins (so many sequins) gleam under spotlights illuminating many of the singer's iconic red carpet looks.
Visitors can read handwritten lyrics to three of Swift's tunes, check out instruments played by the superstar and purchase merchandise from her previous tours.
They can also learn more about the singer's journey by watching a short film titled "Taylor Swift: In Her Own Words."
First introduced at the Grammy Museum in 2014, The Taylor Swift Experience will debut several new pieces of memorabilia at the State Fair of Texas. According to Amy Aldredge, executive director of the Dallas Historical Society, costumes from Swift's 1989 World Tour and a handful of her baby clothes are among the items that will be displayed for the first time at the fair.
The pop sensation's showcase is a far cry from the historical exhibitions previously put on at the fair. But despite the fact that Swift isn't a Dallasite (or even a Texan for that matter), the Dallas Historical Society justifies bringing the display to an inherently Texan fête:
T-Swift's fandom is expected to flock to the exhibit, which increases exposure for the oft-disregarded (albeit stately) Hall of State building.
Plus, after they study up on Swift, Aldredge hopes fairgoers will take time to check out the Texas-centric exhibits in the building, such as "Six Nations Over Texas" and "Ways of the West," which tell stories about the history and culture of the Lone Star State.
So what brought the "Blank Space" singer to the fair in the first place? Her mom, apparently. Aldredge explains: "Last year when we did [the Big Texas Music exhibit], Taylor Swift's mother was here and she was so impressed with the way it was pulled together that she approached the State Fair [to coordinate the Taylor Swift exhibit]."
An attentive visitor needs no more than 30 minutes to walk through every display and watch the short film, which is approximately 10 minutes long.
"To watch the evolution of someone who has gone from a 16-year-old to this superstar with her own award is a pretty amazing story," Aldredge says.