Bjork 2001 Marjan Pejoski

bjork_swan bjork_swan_doll3If I talk to someone about Oscar fashion who knows absolutely nothing about film or fashion, one thing the do know is the image of Bjork in her swan dress.   This was one of my earliest dolls and is my best tool for making the argument about the role of the Academy Award red carpet in cementing images in 070108_oscarGown_vmed_12p.grid-4x2the collective cultural conscious. Bjork has worn plenty of wacky get-ups in her career, but only hard-core fashionistas and alternative music fans are aware of any but this one.  Most commentators put this bjork_swan_doll4
bjork_swan9 bjorkdoll12001 Marjan Pejoski creation on their “worst” list, but it is at the top of my “best”.  It is reflective of Bjork’s personal style and her attitude toward the film world.  It immediately created a visual impact that remains firmly in the cultural mind 15 years later. Do you remember what any of the other Best Song nominees wore? (Of course you don’t, they were all men anyway). It brought her (and her music) to the attention of millions who had never heard of her and would not have noticed the Icelandic artist in the sea of Hollywood glamour otherwise.  Bob Dylan won the Oscar that year, but Bjork ruled the red carpet.

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