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Bjork's Swan Dress Featured in MOMA Exhibit

I cannot tell you who won any of the major awards at the 2001 Academy Awards. I don't remember which movies were even nominated for best picture. The only thing I remember about the 2001 Oscars is that dress- and by that dress, I mean Bjork's insane, yet genius, swan dress. 

Let's be honest, most of the American public may not be familiar with Bjork's massive body iof work. She's not mainstream, nor is she particularly radio friendly by America's top 40 standards. She's not in the tabloids or constantly talked about on E! News. But for one night, Bjork was the name on the tip of everyone's tongue.

While the dress was much maligned by fashion critics (Steven Cojocaru stated it was "Probably one of the dumbest thing I've ever seen."), you must admit that it is a piece of art. I remember thinking the dress was unusual but beautiful at the same time. I think problem was hat the dress might have been worn to the wrong event. Bjork was at the Oscars to perform her nominated song "I've Seen It All" from her movie Dancer in the Dark.

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The dress first appeared in designer Marjan Pejoski's fall/winter 2001 runway show. “The whole narrative that season was inspired by the motion of a merry-go-round, with all these different animals. The swan was a part of that,” the designer told the New York Post. “Bj√∂rk loved it. The whole dress was like a sculpture, done three-dimensionally in a mixture of so many different fabrics, from suede leather to woolen felt, goose feathers, swan feathers — lots of down,”

The brilliance of her red carpet appearance was that she played into the whole swan dress imagery, even laying eggs on occasion. Bjork actually brought along six ostrich eggs and scattered them along the red carpet, later telling GQ “other people’s bodyguards kept picking them up and saying in their thick American accents, ‘Scuse me, ma’am, you dropped this.’”

Now, fifteen years later, the dress is being featured in the Bjork exhibit at New York's renowned Museum Of Modern Art.  The exhibit is a retrospective focusing on Bjork's body of work and includes a 10 minute music video for her latest single "Black Lake" from her new album Vulnicura.

“It’s great that we can celebrate it and talk about it still, after 15 years,” says Pejoski, “That [the dress] made it into MoMA … it’s just a spectacular and amazing thing that it came back full circle.”

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