Tuesday, October 30, 2012

my quick and dirty bjork costume

I've loved Bjork's music for years, but even before that I loved her infamous swan dress at the 2001 Academy Awards. She topped the worst dressed lists that year but (IMO) that dress has stood the test of time and paved the way for Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj to wear weirdo crap on various red carpets

I've wanted to do this as a costume for years and finally decided to tackle it for this Halloween. Unfortunately I wasn't able to devote as much time to it as I would have liked, but I'm still pretty happy with how it turned out. Lots of people said I did a great job with it and some actually asked me where I BOUGHT IT (wtf!!) so I'm pleased.

The swan neck is a thrifted tube sock, stuffed with the other sock from the pair and a slip. I cut the beak from felt and hot-glued it to the sock (and burned myself in the process). The skirt section is a borrowed crinoline, and I tied strips of tulle in various lengths and widths to a piece of elastic to go over it. I used about 1 and a half white boas for the feather sections. All I did was pin it to the swan sock and tie it and loop it over itself a bunch of times, and I tucked the ends through the elastic of my skirt to cover up all the bare elastic and knots. I also safety-pinned like CRAZY all over the place to hold it together. Oh, and I sprayed glitter all over my hair and self at the party I went to! It was really subtle and nice. My only real regret is that my top isn't skin-coloured. I did buy a beige t-shirt but it looked too baggy and weird and casual as part of the dress.

anyway, tl;dr I was Bjork for Halloween which I'd wanted to do for years and it was fun.

* the nice high quality photos in this post are by aimee power. thank you!!


  1. This is seriously such a fantastic idea for a costume, and you pulled it of SO well!

  2. godddddd this costume is BRILLIANT. wtf is with people who say that she was the worst dressed - the dress looked beautiful on her. marjan pejoksi is a genius.

  3. Yup, this is the perfect Halloween costume.


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