One is perhaps onerous pressed to recall which movie took dwelling finest image on the 2001 Academy Awards. However what Björk wore to the ceremony could evoke a distinct response.
The singer, who was nominated for finest unique tune for “I’ve Seen It All,” from Lars von Trier’s movie “Dancer within the Darkish,” during which she additionally starred, strode down the pink carpet in a costume designed by Marjan Pejoski. In true Björk trend, it wasn’t simply any costume. The creation — a cluster of white tulle and feathers that got here to an apex within the type of a swan with its neck draped over the shoulder — didn’t instantly register as a trend second. The look was panned by trend critics, a daily on worst-dressed lists and the topic of talk-show roasts.
Years later, the reminiscence of the “swan costume” has endured. Featured at a Met Gala exhibit and a well-recognized entry within the Halloween costume style, Björk’s costume was a meme earlier than memes and web spoofs had a spot within the cultural consciousness. It was pink carpet efficiency artwork earlier than the arrival of Girl Gaga’s meat costume or Billy Porter’s mechanical diamanté cowboy hat.
Between Bjork’s genre-busting music and avant-garde trend selections, the world has at all times been a couple of strides behind her. Few pop stars dared to put on the creative creations of Comme des Garçons, Junya Watanabe or Hussein Chalayan within the ’90s, however Björk immortalized the seems on her album covers and gave them lives past the runways.
A long time deep into her profession, Björk nonetheless has not diluted the efficiency of her expressive style. She’s launched into 5 excursions over the previous 10 years; every is a full-scale manufacturing with whizzing mild schemes, surrealist landscapes and orchestral ensembles emphasizing each be aware.
Garments stay important expressions of the Björk expertise. For a 2019 efficiency in New York, her longtime collaborator the designer Iris van Herpen devised a transferring costume, which Ms. van Herpen has described as “impressed by a future orchid-avatar that’s hovering like an aura round her physique,” that illuminated Björk onstage. Different designers have additionally lent a few of their most off-kilter items for her performances, together with the voluminous Balenciaga ball robe from its summer time 2020 assortment that Björk wore throughout her Orkestral Tour in Iceland and the puffer ball robe from Pierpaolo Piccioli for Moncler she wore this 12 months on the Bluedot competition in England. Bjork additionally discovered an admirer in Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, who designed a crimson latex costume for her music video “Ovule,” from her new album, “Fossora.” Here’s a look again at Björk’s most momentous trend moments.