Classic Crimes of Fashion: Bjork’s swan dress


It’s not the fact that its a dress that looks like a swan. It’s not even the fact that it’s a dress that looks like a dead swan, with it’s poor broken neck draped limply around her neck. It’s not the fact that it’s puffy and fluffy, and did I mention that it looks like a DEAD SWAN? No, it’s the fact that its head is resting right on her nipple. And that she appears to be wearing some dingy old beige support bra underneath the swan’s head. The dead swan’s head. This, my friends, is what stopped Bjork’s famous swan dress from being pleasantly quirky, and turned it instead into a crime of fashion.

Thank goodness she didn’t try pulling that particular stunt ever again, eh?


  • November 28, 2007

    Designer Ella

    Apparently though you buy this costume off of eBay and you win a Halloween prize for creativity. Blargh.

  • November 28, 2007


    I still wonder why people don’t get this dress. It is ridiculous because it was meant to be ridiculous. She’s Bjork!! It is what she does. She also carried around eggs and left them along red carpet behind her. Do you really consider it a crime of fashion if it was intentional?

  • November 28, 2007

    The Fashion Police

    Shirah – yes. Just because something is self-consciously “wacky” doesn’t make it worthy of praise.

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  • May 15, 2012


    because its bjork, and no one could be like her

    i would hate it if it’s not bjork

    btw, her performance at the oscar was truly heartbreaking as dancer in the dark was….