Björk

Björk

Icelandic singer-songwriter
Iconic Icelander whose unique sonic adventurousness has extended to pop, jazz, electronica, and beyond.
BornNovember 21, 1965
HometownReykjavík, Iceland
Net worth$45 million
Height5'4" (1.63m)
SpouseÞór Eldon (m 1986 - 1987) , Space Ghost
PartnerMatthew Barney
ChildrenSindri Eldon Thorsson
ParentsGuðmundur Gunnarsson
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Top Stories

How Bjork's swan dress redefined Oscars red carpet style

  • For those of a certain age, it’s an outfit etched onto our collective consciousness. Close your eyes and you can conjure up the image: that shower puff of white tulle; the nude, crystal-studded bodystocking; the stuffed bird, like a renegade souvenir from the Alton Towers gift shop. More committed fans might even be able to picture its wearer ‘laying’ six prop eggs on the red carpet. When people said the Oscars were worth shelling out for, it probably wasn’t what they had in mind. Still, it became the stuff of pop culture legend. A 2008 poll by Debenhams found that it was the ninth most iconic red-carpet dress of all time. But as Björk’s infamous flight of fancy turns 20 this week, it’s time to pay our respects – and ask, what’s the real story behind the swan dress? Having risen to fame in the Eighties and Nineties, first as part of rock group The Sugarcubes and then with her acclaimed solo albums, the 2001 Academy Awards marked a pivotal moment for Björk both professionally and sartorially. The elfin star was nominated for Best Original Song for ‘I've Seen It All’, from the soundtrack to Lars Von Trier’s phenomenally depressing film Dancer In The Dark, in which she also starred. Gone were her trademark mini buns and hiking boots, and in their place a fledgling style icon. The swan, meanwhile, began life in the hands of little-known Macedonian designer Marjan Pejoski, co-owner of London fashion and homewares boutique Kokon To Zai. Björk had worn one of his designs, a sculptural pink puffball, to the Cannes Festival the previous year. But by choosing the swan dress for the famously fusty Academy Awards, the singer was really sticking her neck out. Oscar 2021 nominations list

MOVIES & TV SHOWS

Björk: Biophilia Live
Björk: Biophilia Live
1h 36min
2014
When Björk Met Attenborough
When Björk Met Attenborough
0h 48min
2013
Glastonbury
Glastonbury
R
2h 18min
2007
Drawing Restraint 9
Drawing Restraint 9
2h 15min
2006
Dancer in the Dark
Dancer in the Dark
R
2h 20min
2000
The Juniper Tree
The Juniper Tree
1h 18min
1990

Albums

Mouth Mantra
Mouth Mantra
2020
Country Creatures
Country Creatures
2019
Features Creatures
Features Creatures
2019
Blissing Me
Blissing Me
2018
Utopia
Utopia
2017
Vulnicura Strings
Vulnicura Strings
2015
Stonemilker
Stonemilker
2015
Lionsong
Lionsong
2015
Family
Family
2015
Vulnicura Live
Vulnicura Live
2015
Biophilia Live [Video]
Biophilia Live [Video]
2014
Biophilia Live
Biophilia Live
2014
Biophilia Remix Series, Vol. 8
Biophilia Remix Series, Vol. 8
2012
Bastards
Bastards
2012
Biophilia Remix Series, Vol. 5
Biophilia Remix Series, Vol. 5
2012
Biophilia Remixes, Pt. 2
Biophilia Remixes, Pt. 2
2012
Mount Wittenberg Orca
Mount Wittenberg Orca
2011
Serban Ghenea
Serban Ghenea
2011
Moon
Moon
2011
Cosmogony [Matthew Herbert Remixes]
Cosmogony [Matthew Herbert Remixes]
2011
Crystalline Series: Crystalline Matthew Herbert Remixes
Crystalline Series: Crystalline Matthew Herbert Remixes
2011
Virus
Virus
2011
Crystalline
Crystalline
2011
Cosmogony
Cosmogony
2011
Comet Song
Comet Song
2010
Voltaic: The Volta Mixes
Voltaic: The Volta Mixes
2009
Voltaic: Live at Olympic Studios
Voltaic: Live at Olympic Studios
2009
Voltaic
Voltaic
2009

AWARDS

YearAssociationsCategoryWorkResult
2001Bodil AwardsBest ActressDancer in the DarkWinner
2001Robert AwardBest Actress in a Leading RoleDancer in the DarkWinner
2001Golden GlobeBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaDancer in the DarkNominated

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